03 Apr 2019

Writers never ‘need to’

Nobody ever needs to do anything. People want to avoid a consequence or achieve an ambition, and in the process choose to take action; either way, nobody ever needs to do anything.

What about if I hold a gun to your head and demand you give me access to your super-secret codes, Mr Bond?

Even then, Mr Bond has a choice – give the codes or be shot. There is no ‘need to.’

Writers often miss this critical point. “They needed to updgrade their software.” Oh No They Did Not. There was, and is always, a choice. In the case of the software updgrade, what are the consequences of not upgrading, and what are the benefits of upgrading.

Now write the story.

Nobody ever needs to do anything.

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