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How to write character profiles: 10 tips and a template

Character profiles are helpful process work for writing. A profile contains all you need to know about your characters; ID facts such as name, age, gender, birthplace, plus story elements such as characters’ goals, motivations, desires, and conflicts. Read how to write character profiles in 10, simple tips:

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What are good character traits? 7 helpful attributes

Character growth or change is integral to great stories. Giving characters bad as well as good character traits makes your characterization deeper. It also helps to spark ideas for multiple elements of backstory, for how the character acquired these dominant qualities in the first place. Read 7 useful character attributes, with examples from books.

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How to write character development: Anil’s Ghost

In learning how to write character development, it’s helpful to think about how each element of storytelling contributes. What are the basic facts about your character the reader should know, going in? What does dialogue do to develop your character further? Action? Narration? Description? Their desires and fears?

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Development of characters: 6 intriguing ways we change

The development of characters is a topic blog readers and Now Novel members often ask us about. Creating an interesting, dynamic character arc is easy when you’re aware of the many ways people change. Here are 6 interesting ways people change, plus tips to craft a compelling, engaging character arc:

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How do you write character growth? 7 tips

Growth and change are elements that make characters’ paths interesting. How do you write character growth into your story? Read seven approaches:

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Character background: 7 tips to write better backstory

Learning how to write character background or backstory requires balancing present and past narration. Read 7 tips to write better backstory:

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Character development: 9 tips for arcs with depth

Character development gives fictional characters depth. Like us, characters grow, change, make mistakes and learn (or don’t). Read 9 ways to make your characters grow and take … Read More

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Writing a good book: 10 ingredients of great novels

Writing a good book is something every fiction writer aspires to. When writers ask for help writing a book, a popular question is ‘Is my idea good enough?’ Having a great story idea to start with helps. Yet a satisfying novel is a combination of many key components. Here are 10 ingredients that will make your book better:

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Character development questions: Building character arcs

Like real people, memorable characters change and evolve over time.┬áHere are character development questions that will help you link character changes to broader story arcs and make sure your characters aren’t cardboard cutouts: