Deep Character Study

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Change and the Human Mind

One step to an effective arc is not just to get your character up in a tree and throw rocks at them; it’s also to figure out just how that tree/rock scenario affects your character.

Who raised your hero?

How to Figure Out Who Raised Your Hero (and Why You Need to Know)

Your characters didn’t appear the moment you write the first page. Just like in your own life, they were influenced by someone else—for good or ill. Understanding why your characters respond the way they do is crucial to character development, and knowing who influenced them is a key part of that.

How do villains justify THAT?

How Did They Justify THAT?

Why does this matter? Because if you’re not writing your villains with the awareness that in their head, they’re not the villain, you may be writing a flat, 2D character.