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Weaving Together Character & Romance Arcs by Kris Kennedy

Character transformation is important in all fiction, although some genres are more plot-focused, where external stakes & plot gyrations take center stage. And sometimes, protagonists doesn’t arc a tremendous amount—they mostly have to be smarter, tougher, more reckless, or have more endurance than the bad guys. But romance is all about well, the romance. Which …
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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) …