There’s something about a great villain that can engage an audience, energize a book, and provide a satisfying source of conflict.

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One way to create a memorable story is to take a minute to let your characters breathe. Build a scene where you exit the narrative structure and allow your readers to bond with the characters.

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In dramatic writing, internal conflict is basically the darkest aspects of a character married to that individual’s greatest fears.

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Discussions about structure tend to offer formulas, though formulas often lead to formulaic stories. But an understanding of narrative structure is important: you have to know the rules before you break them.

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Creating a believable character for your story begins with an initial idea, but the process of developing her into a complex, real personality will require thought and research.

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In your attempt to create characters your readers crave, these five steps can help you get to know and understand your players well enough to write living, breathing three-dimensional characters on the page.

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