Practical Prompt 11-10-16




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.

Last week, we discussed the protagonist’s mistaken worldview at the beginning of the story. This belief needs time to develop, to grow and mature, to become more deeply entrenched in his or her way of life. For this week’s prompt, highlight in scene sketches three moments in the character’s life.

  1. One at the beginning of the book, where the character truly believes the lie.
  2. Another further on, where something happens in the story to challenge the character’s belief.
  3. And lastly, a scene where your character is forced to confront this mistaken belief.

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