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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Eleven

Creating the Character Emotional Development Profile

Plot is a series of scenes that are deliberately arranged by cause and effect to create dramatic action filled with conflict to further character emotional development

Most popular fiction is 30 percent dramatic action and 70 percent emotional character development. Dramatic action excites readers. More important, readers connect and, at best, emotionally bond with the characters. To make the most of this emotional connection and deepen the relationship between reader and characters, the characters must be relatable on some level. Commonly that relatability comes through the character’s goals, motivation, and character traits. However, a relatable character is not enough. Rather ...

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