I just sent a manuscript off to beta readers, and I’m celebrating today with another post over at Story Empire – Part 4 of Crafting Rich Characters. If you have a minute and want to go deep into your characters’ psyches, stop on by. I’d love to chat. Happy Writing.
Greetings Storytellers! We’re off to Part 4 of Crafting Rich Characters. In Part 1, we explored a character’s physical appearance, mannerisms, and quirks. In Part 2, we covered Attributes and Traits, Skills and Abilities, and Occupations and Interests. And in Part 3, we looked at the Formative Backstory, Core Values, and The Lie.
In this post, we’re going to explore some of my favorite parts of character building: Secrets, The Big Fear, and The Mask. We’ll look at the juicy parts of the characters that create tension, obstacles, and perhaps some mystery.
Now things get a little interesting. Where The Lie (Part 3) covered information the character doesn’t know, now we’re talking about things the character knows and doesn’t want anyone else to find out.
Secrets are secrets for a reason; they involve risk. Some secrets are small – the “homemade” pie…
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