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on Main Character Symptom

All Main Characters have a Problem. This Problem motivates them and drives them to do all kinds of different things that create problems for themselves. But they don't do anything about this Problem, because they don't see it--they are too busy focusing their attention on the Symptom of the problem instead. It is only towards the end of a narrative that they can finally see the difference between the two. At that point they will make the decision to continue treating the symptoms, or attack the problem directly.

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