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Do you agree with me?  Let’s see. It’s a well-understood principle of storytelling: If your protagonist has something to do, make it difficult.  Obstacles.  Complications.  Handicaps.  Rising stakes.  Shortening time.  Peril.  Moral peril.  Psychological resistance.  Self-doubt.  Self-sabotage. There are plenty of ways to make it tougher on your main character, …

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It’s Always in the Last Place You Look

Image by chrisxx64 My five-year-old chose a Little Mermaid birthday cake this year solely for the toy it came with: a little plastic Ariel riding a little plastic ocean wave. To minimize chaos at the house, we had the party at a park, and afterward, we packed everything up in …

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