In his book No Plot? No Problem! Chris Baty describes this exercise as the Magna Carta list. I call it books that make my heart hurt, and it’s a great way to determine which story elements from your favorite book really resonate with you as a reader, so you can use them in your own writing.

My blog post on the books that “make my heart hurt.”

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The Magna Carta Exercise
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