Practical Prompt 11-2-16



For our current “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine the protagonist’s character arc in a book. Now, it’s time to apply what you learned to your own manuscript.

At the beginning of any character arc, the character will have a (usually mistaken) idea about the way the world works that is the result of something that went wrong in his or her past. Take a look at the book you read for this challenge. What is that protagonist’s mistaken worldview? This is the paradigm that shifted over the course of the book.

Now, consider your own manuscript. What is the lie that your character believes at the beginning of the story, and how does that shape his or her worldview? Write a scene about what led your character to adopt that belief.

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