In this episode, Leslie and Clark critique the opening pages of Brian McWilliams’s
“Snow Like Ashes” an as yet unpublished literary fiction short story. They discuss short stories, character arcs, conflict, and narrative identity. Special notice: This story contains some disturbing scenes involving the situations that firefighters experience.
Identify the character arc in your story, whether it’s a short story or novel. Does the change (or lack of change) make sense given the plot? Can we see a clear beginning (the character starts out this way) and ending (the character becomes this way)? Does your story contain sufficient motivation for the change, or is it abrupt?