Here’s a exercise
You know how in team building courses (oh, how I hate those things!) they sometimes ask you to share something you’ve never told anyone else? A secret? (I always refuse)
Ok, think of a secret about your character. Tiny or large. Anything from the time they stole three sweets from the shop to murder. Write it down, fold up the bit of paper, put it away for a day or so. Think about it during that day.
Then think about these questions. Write down the answers without writing down the secret.
Do they think about this?
How often do they think about it?
How does it make them feel?
What do they think other people would do if they knew?
Do they want to tell other people?
How does it affect the way they behave towards themselves, towards others, towards the same situation?
This helps you know your character better. When you write, you don’t have to say what the secret is, but the effect is has on character will be noticeable, even on just a very subtle level.
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