• 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
  • By: Sandy Marsh
  • Narrated by: Erin Fossa
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-27-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sandy Marsh
  • 5 out of 5 stars (26 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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excellent book


I bought this book to help develop characters in my screenplays. While it's aimed at novelists I still found it helpful. Stant's concept of specific character arc scenes translates to any writing format

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wealth information


I loved the advice given in this book. Practical steps for improving your writing. Can't wait to practice these tips

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great resources


This had lots of great ideas and exercises packed into a small book. Quick but definitely worth it even if you think characters are something you’ve nailed down. Great resource!!

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great principles


Very well done. Enjoyed the book thoroughly and put some of the principles to good use.

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Step by Step and easy to follow

This book is about 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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well narrated

It is an awesome book, it is very interesting to listen to it. I really like the way for the author takes us inside the book. really good job by the narrator.

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love it

this book has been very helpful and extremely accurate! I'll definitely be referencing back to it!! thank you

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highly recommended

All instructions and recommendations are very detailed, clear, effective and helpful. I liked this book very much and I would recommend it for those in need of this type of information.

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informative book

This book will help you in Character Development subjects. The basics are easy to understand. It's definitely for beginners, but you'll have enough knowledge to get by when you finish it.

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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.