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Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters: Forms, Checklists & Exercises

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Create characters that leap off the page!

Characters are the life force of any novel or movie. They drive the plot. They generate the conflict. They are the story. Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters is a one-of-a-kind step-by-step guide to developing truly great characters for any kind of fiction writing. This practical workbook is packed with suggestions, ideas, ex
Paperback, 180 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Lone Eagle
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Jun 04, 2008 rated it it was ok
I don't think this book told me anything new. But it did provide a framework for me to work in should I want to, and emphasised the fact that everything you include in your novel has to have a point. "What family background does your character have?" it asks. And then, "Will that be important in your story? Why?"

The book organises information well and includes worksheets which I think will prove helpful if I ever decide to completely design a character before writing (I usually don't -- make of
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I have mixed feelings about this book. While the depth of what it covers is useful, the 'forms, checklists, and exercises' it advertises are very disappointing. Aside from the few included in the back appendix, all the charts are the same, and they're extremely bare bones at that. I was hoping for something more along the lines of what personality tests are like--more detailed and more structured. What's provided is more like suggestions than checklists. It's a good basis to start from, but not ...more
T.M. Carper
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book that helps you flesh out your characters. It has lots of examples to help you understand and helpful questions that help writer's learn more about their characters' backgrounds, childhoods, apppearences, and other facets of personality to create a well-rounded character. It's well worth the money in my opinion. This a book to buy if you're serious about creating likable characters or improving your writing.
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I wanted to make sure that my characters were fairly well-rounded. I like the outline of the book and they make more than a handful of suggestions that I didn't think about when I created my characters. The book is fairly simplistic, but still a good handbook.

I just wish they had a website where I could download the templates.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
It lays out steps to help you create characters that are complete with a back story and gives you a better understanding of who you want your characters to be and how they will behave in your imagined world. I found it very helpful in creating people that were believable.
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