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Unpacking Characters That Aren’t Like You

September 24, 2020

A Writer's Path

by Andrea Lundgren

Sometimes when we write, our main characters aren’t all that unfamiliar. They may not be “us” exactly, but they might be fictional versions of ourselves—the people we’d like to be, sharing part of our own psychological makeup. This one might have our sense of adventure, that one our fondness for cooking, while another has our overall height and build.

But sometimes, your story calls for a character that isn’t anything like you. What do you do then?

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