Tuesday, May 1, 2018

[Link] Character development: 9 tips for convincing arcs

by Now Novel

How characters grow and change, reach their goals or fail to, keeps us interested. In stories, character development is crucial:  If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel will feel two-dimensional. Developing your characters makes them ring true.

Here are 9 steps to creating satisfying character arcs:

1: Decide characters’ goals and motivations
2: Plan external obstacles your characters will face
3: Plan internal obstacles too
4: Give main characters foils
5: Include reversals that move character development
6: Develop characters using action and dialogue
7: Let your characters surprise you and your readers
8: Discover how your characters respond to challenges
9: Compensate for a flat character arc in others

Let’s explore each of these steps further...

Read the full article: https://www.nownovel.com/blog/character-development-tips/