Is Your Hero Sympathetic and What the Heck Does That Mean?

Before we dig into this one, let’s brush up on a couple of concepts that are essential to great storytelling: Sympathy: sharing the feelings or interests of another (“I feel the same!”) Empathy: vicariously experiencing the feelings or thoughts of another (“I understand how you feel.”)

These two sides of the same coin are what enables storytellers to create and recreate stories that resonate with their audiences. These are what allows our work to transcend the state of being …