The power of dreams and free characters

Free-range characters control their own destinies, make their own mistakes and ultimately triumph using their own resources.

Free-range characters control their own destinies, make their own mistakes and ultimately triumph using their own resources.

I’m presenting a workshop today at the Colorado Romance Writer’s conference.  It’s my first time at this, the Romancing the Rockies conference.  My presentation is called “Range Free Characters,” and it’s a craft workshop aimed at making fiction novels stronger by freeing a novel’s characters to pursue their own dreams, learn from their own mistakes, and triumph as a result of their own efforts.  Expressed another way, it’s about allowing the protagonist(s) own inner story to drive the outer story, as opposed to the other way around.  Stories that progress from the inside out makes character-driven stories shine.  Well-known examples of this method are the storylines of the movies Titanic, Silence of the Lambs and the animated movie, Cars. What other well-known stories take full advantage of this concept?

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