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    Easy Character Development Tips for Beginner Writers

    Developing strong, expressive characters is paramount to any good story. Just like the leaves on a tree, characters grow and change and fall. Your reader should feel they are reading about people—people with lives and feelings and doubts and fears. Creating a whole person may seem daunting, but character development doesn’t have to be. Character development may seem complex, but it can be a simple, quick, and straightforward process. However, what often happens is that writers put all their focus on the main character(s) and the rest of the characters remain stagnant. To avoid this, you can use a character development worksheet (there will be a free printable available below!),…

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    How To Write a Character

    Characters are what give your story life. They are what the reader connects with and what they remember most. Learning how to write a character can be the most essential information for any aspiring author. That being said, in this post, we’ll look at what’s critical to do before you even start, and how to properly write characters in your stories. Know Your Character Before you begin writing your character, you should get to know them. After all, how can you write someone you know nothing about? The better you understand who the character is, how they act, and how they grew up, the better and easier you’ll be able…

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    How To Write a Great Antagonist

    For every captivating hero, there is an equally enthralling antagonist. To have a powerful main character requires a seemingly unstoppable force they must beat. And this is why writing a strong, fascinating antagonist is vital to an exceptional story. Without a strong antagonist, you cannot have a strong story. The antagonist is the source of most (if not all) of the conflict for the main character. They are there to build suspense, add a new perspective, and (usually) defeat the protagonist. Unfortunately, the antagonist can fall flat when the author writes the character solely as an opposing force to the protagonist. Without giving the antagonist their own background and personality, they…

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    How To Write a Great Protagonist

    The main goal when writing a protagonist, or any character for that matter, is to make them come alive. They should feel to the reader like a real person, and the reader should be able to understand them in the same way as any other person they meet—meaning, the reader should be able to predict (to a degree) how the character will act and react to situations based on their personality and their background. Writing a character in this way is challenging, though, as you must write them so vividly that the reader can understand who they are without you specifically saying much about them. The most common mistake new…

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    How To Add Supporting Characters To Your Story

    A story isn’t complete without characters who populate and bring it to life. Many of these characters are mentioned in passing and then forgotten about, but the supporting characters and main characters are the core and focus. But with all these different personalities, it can be complicated to differentiate between each character and to understand their purpose in the plot. In this post, I will be discussing the difference between main characters and supporting characters, which roles they play, and how to figure out how and which ones to write in your story. Jump To Main Characters Vs. Supporting Characters Main characters and supporting characters are the backbone of any…

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    How To Write Dynamic and Interesting Characters

    You can write the best plot with the most creative twists and turns, but without the dynamic characters to back it up, the story will always fall flat. The characters in your story should come alive. They should be relatable, full of personality, and unique. If you were to put your character in a different setting, you should be able to picture how they would react based on their personality, likes, dislikes, fears, dreams, etc. Appearances are necessary on some level, but who your character is, inside, is far more meaningful. Keep reading to learn how you can ensure each character you write is dynamic and exciting. Jump To Give…