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Why Complete Character Charts?

Character charts are lists of questions that a fiction author must answer. It’s a good way to get to know their characters. The charts are the best way for an author to get to know the character and what makes

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Character Spirituality

In the process of developing your characters, you should consider the character’s religion and spiritual leanings. Religion is important to a lot of people in this world and they may be readers. Religion can be a thorny issue. Now it

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Well Rounded Characters

As readers we like our characters to be realistic. Authors need to add flaws and virtues to their characters in order to engage the reader with the story. We remember the characters who come alive best. Those characters have flaws.

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Characters And Their Families

As authors, we need to know everything about our characters. Most people have relationships and our characters should as well. How do your characters get on with their families? What kind of friends do they have? How do they react

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Characters at Work

As authors, we want people to believe our characters are real. OK, not so much, but we do want them to be believable as people. People have jobs or careers. Our characters need jobs and careers as well. In life,

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Using An App to Create Characters

There are no shortcuts in writing, but there are some jump starters. For writing itself there are prompts to catapult you into a piece. There are character development apps to help get you started with characters. These apps ask you

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Creating A Character Database

I create characters for practice. I don’t throw them out, I keep them. I do short character charts on them in a word processor. Then I store them in a rough database. OK, I stick the documents in a folder

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Character Development

Characters are an important part of a story. All stories need them. The best characters are those who feel real. Readers connect better with characters who come across as real people than they do with paper dolls. Real people have

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Your Character’s Financial Health

In our discussion of character development, I talked about our characters’  fitness and health. you also have to consider that. Are your characters good with their money? Are they wealthy or do they live paycheck to paycheck? are they homeless,

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Your Character’s Health

Everyone has health, good or bad. Giving your character health concerns will make them more real to the reader. Unless your character is a whining hypochondriac, just mentioning their overall health now and then is sufficient. The trick is not

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