Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

5.4 Summary of Week 5

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Character plus conflict equals plot. Novakovich suggests that character must come first and that it is a character’s contradictions and flaws that naturally bring out plot.

This week you will have written a character sketch and may have already received feedback on it from your fellow writers. This process will help you to hone convincing characters who will matter to the reader.

In Week 6, you’ll discover how to develop your characters, look at great examples from other writers and you’ll write the first draft of your final story. You can move on to Week 6 now [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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