Canada Writes·Writing Tip

Looking for the heart of your story? Explore why your characters matter

CBC Nonfiction Prize longlister Christie Pashby says you can add depth to your story when you better understand your characters.

This writing tip is from Christie Pashby.

"Focus on the why, not the what. It's about getting to the heart of the story and exploring what motivates characters (including myself). I think that's where you find the juiciest 'stuff.' And while details — aka 'the what' — are surely important, it's 'the why' that makes a story transformative."

Christie Pashby is a professional writer and content creator who lives with her young daughter in Canmore, Alta. For 15 years, she was a travel writer based between Patagonia, Argentina and the Canadian Rockies. Her story  River Dreams — Learning to Fly-fish in Patagonia  made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize.

 

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