Posted on 01/18/2022 at 10:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The student became the teacher, in a way, when author and developmental editor Harrison Demchick gave a presentation about cause and effect in narrative fiction.

An audience member inquired about how the principles should play out in genres that are less action-oriented.

And so Demchick decided to put together some thoughts on using character as plot, incorporating happenstance, and balancing nonlinear storytelling.

His post on how causation works in literary fiction and other character-driven tales is up on Jane Friedman's blog.

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