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Character Development: Step-By-Step | Essential Story Character Creation, Character Expression and Character Building Tricks Any Writer Can Learn

Writing Best Seller Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Erin Fossa
Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Need to breathe life into your characters?

You may have a great story but if your characters are flat and uninteresting your listeners will find your story dull. If your lead protagonist isn’t generating empathy, then no one cares what happens to them. Character Development covers every aspect of character building; from developing charismatic and believable people, to making sure they work holistically to drive the narrative forward in realistic ways. 

Know your anti-hero from your antagonist

In order to create compelling characters your fans will love, Marsh introduces the 12-character types and explains how and when they are introduced to a story. She demonstrates the importance of instilling flaws to create a balance of human qualities that evolve throughout the novel in captivating ways. 

Make unforgettable characters

Character development is a much-needed step-by-step guide to help authors create remarkable protagonists and to decide which characters are necessary to the plot. Marsh delivers a groundbreaking 176 questions to consider while creating characters. An author need never struggle again to generate memorable heroes and villains! 

Ten samples of the 176 character-forming questions:

  • When communicating, what is the pace that this person communicates with?
  • What posture do they tend to have? 
  • What does their average day look like? Be specific. 
  • What is the most significant event that took place in your character’s childhood? 
  • If your character does have a criminal record, how did they get it and where were they when the event happened? 
  • How is your character perceived by strangers? 
  • How does your character react to people who challenge them? 
  • Does your character have any psychological issues such as phobias, mental illnesses, or otherwise? 
©2018 Sandy Marsh (P)2018 Sandy Marsh

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Found this to be very useful

I have to say I found this book useful. It gave me a number of ideas on how to expand my characters, both the main cast and the supporting. This will most likely be one I will relisten to a number of times.

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Long Lists of Attributes

I gave this one a chance because it was short, cheap and had great ratings and reviews. It was one of my worst purchases. Buy it if you like listening to long lists. Steer clear of this one if you want to learn techniques about creating and presenting fictional characters. This will be the first audible book I'm going to exchange.

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Truly helpful book!

It explains how character elements are related to things like plot and theme as well as how to weave all the elements together. This is excellent advice for any writer of fiction.

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Will definitely help you write better

This book explained character creation, expression and Character Building Tricks in this way that was much easier to understand than the other craft books I've read.

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Lots of really useful tips and suggestions

This book came highly recommended for anyone who wants to write a book. And, I have to say, that I did think there were some really useful pieces of information in here, and it was definitely worth a book for anyone who wants to write a book.

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inspired writing

Any second now, something really important that will change your writing life. Are you ready? Listen, because here it comes... But when he actually tells you, it's wonderful. Despite the tone, I'd give this full stars if I could.

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One of the best

I don't know how he has made the process seem so straight-forward, but he has. Don't get me wrong, I've got many weeks ahead of me in re-structuring my manuscript (MS), but now I look forward to it! He's cut down my stress significant.

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dream and a pantser's nightmare

I think this book is better available for teaching character development .this book provides a solid, quick overview that will at least get you headed in the right direction for creating three-dimensional characters.