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If you want your characters to have more depth than a Kardashian then you need to create compelling characters with pasts, wounds, longings, and an inner life that can be expressed in short and succinct narrative that is compelling to the reader. I think the most interesting characters in books I’ve read have had universal longings, wounds that are relatable, and real obstacles that once overcome, offer resolution and often lessons applicable to my own life.
Take a walk as your character. What does he/she notice on that walk that you would not? What do they wear? Where would they shop? What would they order in a restaurant? I did this for a character that I needed to develop a deeper understanding of, and in the course I learned to love Chinese food, Chinatown, and how to shop for herbs and teas in hole in the wall Chinese markets. What a gift this character has given me. How can you get to know your characters? Go deep. I’d much rather have a conversation with, watch on tv or read about a flawed character like Gene Simmons than the picture perfect(ed) Kardashians any day. How do your characters rate on a scale of depth and interesting qualities? See this Writer’s Digest article on crafting compelling characters.
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