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
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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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it was very good..examples could have made great

examples, a ton of them after each item, would have brought it home for me.

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This was a gift and the person who received it was

This was a gift and the person who received it was very pleased with the contents. He stated that there were points in the book that he had not considered when creating his own characters.

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best book

Great book! Amazing. Easy to read. And it should be in every writer's must read list. Totally recommend it.

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truthful guide

Thanks to this book, I have been steered back on track as to how to really flesh out my characters in accordance with their new found roles in my story. I will also say that you will see a lot of fake tool books, this book isn't one of them.

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good consultation book.

It clarifies further what the dynamics are between character archetypes. I find it a good consultation book.

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fresh guide

The author clearly researched this subject, and I feel the relevant advice received is worth far more than the minimal price of admission into her mind.

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Clear and well organized book.

A Writer's Guide gives a clearer understanding of how the different personalities will interact to create the conflict that is vital to telling any story.

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thanks to author

This book goes in depth for character roles for both your protagonist and supporting characters. Thanks to this book

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very useful

This book is a really useful tool for helping generate backstory ideas during character creation.

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delicious guide

Really helped in understand some of the ideas I had been having that was floating around in my head.