I just read a MS where the author’s answer seemed to be an emphatic: NO!
My answer? An emphatic: YES!
This question is much bigger than I have time for right now. I’ll do a longer post later. In short, though, I’ll leave you with a quote. My MFA professor, Lewis Buzbee, is probably not the first man to say this. But he said it again last night in class and it couldn’t be more applicable to what I read today:
“A story is a character’s journey from innocence to experience.”
Dunk that in your morning coffee. And no, I don’t think we’re just talking about Adam-and-Eve-style innocence here. More to come later!