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Create a Character Bible to Flesh Out Your Star Characters

Posted on: May 26, 2013

Thinking about writing these days…

San Diego Professional Writer's Group

I’m not sure where I picked up the term bible. It’s not that I’m overly religious. Somehow I stumbled across it and the term stuck. Yes, my character bibles have a basic description, the back story and family history. But most of this falls into list territory. A true character bible goes beyond the sorts of details you could glean from Ancestry.com.

Character Arc
Before I embark on a novel, I need to know where my characters come from and where they plan to go. I spend a lot of time thinking about how the character will change over the course of the novel. What problems will she overcome?

I often consider what the character will be like at the end of the novel. Then I reverse and have her start completely opposite at the start. If she ends up being secure in herself, then she should start the story…

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