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How To Make Your Character Explode Off The Page On Page One by Kris Kennedy

Characters ARE Your Story Writers spend a lot of time developing plot, and that’s great. But the plot is just a vehicle for character transformation, and that’s why readers are reading. They want to see this person go through this plot, and change. Transform. So you need to start developing them on Page One. Not …
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Backstory Can Solve Your Theme, Tension, Characterization, and Plotting Problems by Kris Kennedy

No, really, it can. At least, it’s going to help. First, let’s be clear. You need a protagonist with a compelling backstory. Saying this may seem counterintuitive at this point, since you’re already here reading a post about backstory, but I mention it because there are a surprising number of books where the main character(s) …
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It’s Fun To Make Your Characters Suffer by Kris Kennedy

We take it easy on our characters. We don’t mean to. We fully intend to make them suffer, to make things tough, but in the end, face it—we often don’t really push it.  Push them. The more you set your characters in uncomfortable situations, the more compelling they are.  Readers want to watch (fictional) people …