Check out this great post from Kristina Stanley’s blog on making your characters work for you.
Why do people read novels?
I think people read to find out what happens next. But what happens next is only interesting if it the “what happens next” involves characters or something important to a character.
Characters ARE your story. They act and react. They create emotion. They show motivation. Without any of this, you don’t have a story. That’s a tall order for your characters. So how do you make sure you’re getting the most out of them?
You edit your story and rewrite until your characters are performing at their best.
Characters and Novel Structure
Once you’ve finished your first draft, you most likely know who your characters are, what they look like, where they work, and so on. But what about how they fit into your story structure? To understand this and make the most of it, you must evaluate your characters in the context of the structure…
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