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How to Develop Your Book Character

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The characters you’ve created are complex creatures. Their lives, their relationships, their actions have led them to your story. They are your story.  

Developing your character isn’t always going to be easy, especially if you’re a first time author. Putting yourself in the shoes of a person who exists in words bound to a page can be a complicated task. But doing so, and doing so thoroughly, is a critical part of your work. Whether beloved, envied, or detested, creating a character with enough substance to evoke emotion from your reader should always be the goal.

If you find yourself at a roadblock, unsure of your character’s reaction, direction, or emotions in your coming chapters, use our character development workbook to help you through the writing process. You may find that working through some of these character development hurdles with the assistance of random writing prompts can spark creativity in unassuming places.

Remember, a character with well-rounded depth likely means a well-connected reader.

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    Exercises to help you create a fully fleshed out character.

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