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Your Character’s Closet: How Clothing can Improve Characterization

Your Character’s Closet: How Clothing can Improve Characterization

What’s in your character’s closet? And not the skeletons in their closet (although that’s fun, too). Like, their selection of clothes. How much thought have you put into what your characters wear? Years later, I still remember reading a series of books where one character always wore loose clothing. He never wore anything tight around the neck. I hadn’t even noticed until several books in, someone else mentioned that he hated feeling tied down or restricted, and so that was…

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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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First Impressions: The Secret to a Great Character Introduction

First Impressions: The Secret to a Great Character Introduction

It has come to my attention that not everyone understands the absolute necessity of a great first introduction for your characters?! Seriously, when you introduce a character in your story, a first impression is everything. A good intro will make a character easier to remember AND solidify whatever character arc they end up progressing through during the story. Basically, you can get a lot of work done in just this one scene, so don’t waste it! The trick? The key to a…

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5 Core Features that make up a Dynamic Character

5 Core Features that make up a Dynamic Character

When you encounter a great character, you can usually just feel it in the way they act and behave. They’re realistic and complex and full of personality. They’re their own person, with their own distinct needs and wants and fears and all the things the rest of us humans have to deal with. It’s hard to narrow down a well-written character to a list, but in general there are some things you should include when writing your own characters. Take your time….

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36 Core Values for Building Complex Characters

36 Core Values for Building Complex Characters

Your character’s core values shape their decision-making throughout your novel. They’re the character’s own moral compass, and each character’s core values are specific to them. These are the passions in our hearts–what inspires to fight and argue and never give up. When we follow our core values, we feel peace and rightness.When we stray from them, it’s what keeps us up at night or makes our stomachs churn. That said, it makes sense that we can apply Core Values to…

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