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Avoid dead narrator plot gimmick in story

Five Great Quotations about Characters in a Story

“First, find 240_F_80781025_KOgrnbDFQFsaOxG4cnmsftq6AJBo5ESFout what your hero wants, then just follow him!” – Ray Bradbury

“The story...must be a conflict, and specifically, a conflict between the forces of good and evil within a single person.” – Maxwell Anderson

“If you do not have an alert and curious interest in character and dramatic situation, if you have no visual imagination and are unable to distinguish between honest emotional reactions and sentimental approaches to life, you will never write a competent short story.” – Edward J. O'Brien

“What is either a picture or a novel that is not character?” – Henry James

“To most readers the word ‘fiction’ is an utter fraud. They are entirely convinced that each character has an exact counterpart in real life and that any small discrepancy with that counterpart is a simple error on the author's part.” – Louis Auchincloss

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