The Mechanics of Fiction Writing
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Explicit and Implicit Knowledge
Readers can get to know characters well over the course of a story. But a writer's intuition about how this process unfolds isn't always reliable. We'll discuss how the reader learns what they know about characters--primarily through distinguishing between description and characterization. This is one of the trickier elements of character-building for writers to master.
From Agent to Patient
You may hear the term agency thrown around in literary discussions. So which characters should have agency, when, and why? We'll discuss what it means for a character to have agency and how that question interacts with both genre and the story's progression. There may be no easy answer, but this lesson should serve as a good way to think about who has agency in your story and why.