by Gary Fearon
"If you could read my mind," Gordon Lightfoot once sang, "what a tale my thoughts would tell." We may approach a story that we write as one single story, but it has more layers for readers to enjoy when we take advantage of the fact that each of our main characters has his or her own hidden history.
How do we unlock those secrets deep inside our fictional friends? I offer these five easy pathways to perception.
FEEL THE FEAR
Knowing your characters' primary goal for the story (finding the right mate, conquering an enemy, winning a case), imagine the worst that can happen to them. What will be...
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