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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For me, it’s way too intimidating to just start crafting a book with the first word of the first sentence, so I've learned how to release the valve to set my ideas and words free. Here are five ways I start writing a book to warm up, ease into it, and do some crucial background work so my story will truly come to life.

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It's good practice to reverse-engineer the stories you love most and apply the best storytelling elements to your own writing. Stranger Things had that effect on me, and here's what I learned.

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This storyteller finds six cracks in the new Jungle Book that mar the narrative in this visually enchanting movie, providing a lesson in how to construct a story by ensuring your characters' motivations and choices are consistent and believable.

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When you create characters, how far should you go to individualize their physical descriptions? What is absolutely necessary for the depiction?

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Understanding your hero’s goals will help you plan your plot line and develop the engaging, motivated characters your readers will love to follow. Here are three easy steps to get you on your way to developing your characters' goals.

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