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Heather is the owner/administrator of the Story Scribes community. She's a prolific writer, web developer, and visual artist who spends every year counting down the days until NaNoWriMo.

10 Great Quotes on Character Development

To me, there’s nothing more important than good characterization. That doesn’t mean characters have to be good, necessarily, but they do need to elicit a strong, emotional response in the reader. There needs to be a human connection, which can only happen when you show your characters’ humanity. They need both light and darkness, flaws and fears and strengths and everything in between. They need to be complex, sometimes paradoxical, never purely black or white.

Simplicity is overrated. Perfection is boring. The very best, most memorable characters are raw and messy and complicated. Most importantly? They’re real.

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