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Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: How the masters do it

We’re looking at how the masters give their characters emotional wants and needs and character flaws.  Here’s what I’ve seen in the stories I’ve read lately: Continue reading

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Backstory: Let’s See What You’ve Got

We’re looking at backstory this week.  Let’s see if we can come up with some backstory to support the irreconcilable selves of the main characters of the one-liners we’re developing. Continue reading

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Backstory: How the Masters Use It

Usually when backstory is effectively used, you don’t notice it.  It’s often “marbled” in with the front story, as James Scott Bell says.  Still, here are some examples of backstory that I have noticed (or remembered): Continue reading

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Backstory: What Is It?

Now that our characters have irreconcilable conflict, it’s time to support how they got that way with backstory. Continue reading

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