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The limits of agency

Agency. You probably heard this term in regards to fiction writing, but it is also discussed in politics and social issues. Agency is the ability of people to act for themselves. In fiction, characters with agency are active participants. The outcome of the story depends on their decisions and actions. This can make stories more …

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Damsel in distress: How and why to write about her

Damsel in distress. Can you think of a more clichéd, out-of-date, and cringeworthy plot device than that? Flipping it around to show the man in peril isn’t much better. However, a damsel in distress, when done right, can be an emotionally stirring storytelling tool. It can also provide a powerful commentary for our times. Here’s …

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