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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Damon Knight on three characters

"The third character... keep[s] your plots from being too simple.  Often the minor conflicts between allies are more interesting than the head-to-head conflict between enemies.  Whenever you have three characters feeling intensely about the same thing, seeing it in three completely different ways, and each one right by his own standards, you... have material for a strong story."
-- Damon Knight in Creating Short Fiction

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