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Character Development Quotes

Character Development Quotes

A collection of character development quotes for writers. It’s okay to put your characters through the fire for a bit—it’s the best way to transform them into something stronger! New quotes added regularly!

The 6 Basic Stages of Character Change

The 6 Basic Stages of Character Change

Creating character arcs comes hard to a lot of writers. We write a character one way for a bit, and then POOF, they’ve changed. People don’t just change overnight! You know that, but it’s easier said than done. Strong character arcs are complex and take time to craft, but the core of all character arcs fall along the same few points. There’s a process that’s been proved by science. Even if the change is fast, there are steps and there’s…

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19 Questions for Creating a New Plot-Relevant Character

19 Questions for Creating a New Plot-Relevant Character

To be honest, in the past I’d never given much thought to how to create a new character. They just kind of happened, based on what my story needed at that time. For the sake of this blog post, I actually made an effort to track the steps as I created character. My findings: It boiled down to asking a lot of questions. Questions about who they are, what they want, how they fit into everything that’s going on. First…

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Swoons and Wounds: Shaping your character’s internal motivations

Swoons and Wounds: Shaping your character’s internal motivations

All characters need a goal. That much is obvious, and something most writers already know all about. Without some kind of character motivation, there’s not much left to drive the plot forward. But have you also given your characters dreams? Hopes and fantasies that they think about in daydreams? In a perfect world, how would this character be living? One of my writing teachers called these “swoons.” Swoons: Your character’s dreams and fantasies. When they space off, this is what…

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How Peeling an Orange can Reveal More about your Character

How Peeling an Orange can Reveal More about your Character

I have this crazy theory that you can learn about someone based on how they peel an orange. I think I mentioned this to a friend, and he just looked at me weird. But I digress. Let me explain my madness. Everyone has a unique technique when it comes to orange-peeling. Previously mentioned friend bites into an orange to break through the rind. The thought of this makes me cringe. The taste of orange peels makes me cringe. I’ll use…

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