By Laurence MacNaughton, @LMacNaughton
Part of The How They Do It Series
JH: Characters drive the plot through their actions, and some drive it more than others. Laurence MacNaughton shares three shortcuts for developing character-driven fiction.
Step 1: Dig down deep into your character.
Start by writing down a few important details about your main character. These can be any facts you can think of, as long as they are important enough to have an impact on the story.
We aren’t looking for long paragraphs of exposition, here. Short phrases are fine.