on Helping Writers become Authors:
Character agency is a hot topic these days, but truly it was always an important topic for writers.
Because a character (particularly a protagonist) with no agency is a character who isn’t likely to be very interesting.
More than that, a character with little to no agency won’t be able to generate and/or respond to conflict.
The result? The plot grinds to a halt.
So how do you create characters and plots in which agency is baked right into the mix?