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Writing Blockbuster Plots by Martha Alderson

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Chapter Twelve

Plot the Character Emotional Development

The character who is the most changed or transformed by the action of the story is the protagonist. This character’s emotional development as she experiences events and ordeals, successes and failures is one of the three primary plotlines. The challenging situations (the dramatic action plotline) create emotional upheaval and force self-confrontation with a transformation from within (the character emotional development plotline) that creates lasting meaning for the reader (the thematic significance plotline).

Not all characters are transformed by the dramatic action. Plot the characters who do change or transform on your Plot Planner, and track their trait changes on your Scene Tracker ...

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