There is always more to learn. Recently I’ve learned some new things that I’d like to add to 104-01 Changing Characters.
For those want it, here is the new excerpt:
Everyone has flaws and blind spots, the parts of ourselves that we either deny or justify with rationalizations. To quote Ian McKellen’s character from The Prisoner, “We save the best lies for ourselves.”
In “Write About Inner Demons Without Boring the Reader into a Coma”, Kristen Lamb discusses how every character has an inner struggle, a problem that they don’t recognize as a problem, and a good conflict forces the protagonist to confront this “inner demon”. The conflict resolves when the character either achieves some catharsis and begins to change, or refuses/fails to change, and perpetuates their fate.