16 Quick character exercises

Writing
I(and many of the writers I follow) subscribe to the theory that character is the most important part of your novel. The most memorable part of a good book is almost always the characters, but it's more than that. Your characters, their emotions, actions and reactions are the driving force behind the story, even in story with a highly external plot. It's why our books so often change dramatically from the outline during the first or second draft--because we've gotten to know our characters and realized they wouldn't act the way we originally imagined. So how do you get to know your characters? There are almost as many different methods as there are writers. Hell, I'd go so far as to say there are as many ways to develop characters…
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