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Pen pushers: Clarify your characters

Get under the skin of your characters with exercises from Lizzie Enfield

You have your idea for a story and a basic plot. Now you need to decide who is driving the action and peopling the story. Most contemporary novels are character driven and, to make your story credible and really engage the reader, you need to know your characters well. It’s important that they are real people with real emotions and concerns, not simply walk-on parts, helping to move the storyline along.

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