While there are a lot of frameworks out there for structuring your novel, almost all fiction has a central thesis: your character must transform.

With Thanksgiving so recently past for those in the U.S., I thought I’d share a short & sweet strategy on how you can use thankfulness to craft or clarify a character arc.

Simply ask this question at two different times in your story, and ensure the answers are different:

What is your protagonist thankful for on Page One?

What are they thankful for on Page ‘The End’?

Thankfulness on Page One…

Your character is going to start the story in a particular state of self-awareness. …


Kris Kennedy

USA Today bestselling author of historical & contemporary romance. Owner of Romance Writing Lab. Devoted wife & mom, apathetic cleaner. Eats Story for dinner.

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