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Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Process of Writing: Part 17

We’ve come to the last session of our seven basic steps.  But don’t worry there is a lot more information we can still refer to as we become better writers while learning this craft of creative prose.

The final adjustment that must be included in your manuscript; or more specifically speaking, your character development, is the New Equilibrium. This new balance, this new symmetry that has been achieved by your protagonist is reflective of the adjustment we mentioned in the last session, Growth.  But this, New Equilibrium, is the final placement for your character, where he or she ends up as a person.

Because he has obtained the prize for which he has fought, and he now has the prerequisite Growth, he must now arrive at some new destination within himself. He must be either better or worse than he was before. Like Luke Skywalker as he confronts the emperor, and says, “You lose Emperor. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”

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