Posted on December 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Once upon a time, humans told stories as instruction — it was a way to prepare others for threats and challenges that were likely to arise.

Now, though, we tell stories as insight — they teach us to wonder about what’s going on in our own heads and those of others.

And understanding this more modern purpose will benefit your writing, says author, editor, and book coach Susan DeFreitas.

In her opinion, it’s what makes a story feel like a story, not an article or recitation of events.

DeFreitas provides an example of how to incorporate both internal and external conflicts to write something resonant with readers in a guest post for Jane Friedman’s blog.

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