How can flaws drive the story?

​You can come up with the flaw first and then think about what’s going to challenge this character to grow and change their way of thinking about life.

Books and Media We Talked About

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Bride’s Maids (movie)

House (TV show)

Parks and Recreation (TV show)

Schitt’s Creek (TV show)

The Good Place (TV show)

Emma by Jane Austen


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About our Guest

MISA SUGIURA is the author of the award-winning It's Not Like It's A Secret (2017) and This Time Will Be Different (2019). She grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in Silicon Valley with her family. Misa used to teach high school English and has loved reading for as long as she can remember.

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