Creating a Dramatic Truth That Resonates With Audiences

The underlying dynamic of a story is that it creates a quality of movement that transports an audience toward the fulfillment of a story’s promise; that because a story’s promise arises from an issue of human need being resolved and fulfilled, a story’s audience is led to feel invested in a story’s outcome. Characters in a story ring true because they have a role to play in fulfilling a story’s promise.

When a story character embodies a dramatic truth, that character feels compelled to resolve a particular issue of human need. So a character who embodies a dramatic truth suggests to a story’s audience a sense of purpose. A character who fails to embody a dramatic truth risks coming across as a collection of details.

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