Clarifying "Character Driven"

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The phrase "character driven" implies that stories are driven by characters.

This is incorrect and also dangerous as it leads to other misconceptions, such as the one that you "create great characters and see what happens to them."

In truth, writers create forces which push / drive characters. So it's the reverse of the common perception.

And the reason writers do that is to force characters to change.

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