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Imperfections make a character

David Gane
David Gane

Often, stories are a vehicle for us to learn from the actions of others.

But that doesn’t mean only successes. It can be failures as well too.

Making a mistake doesn’t make us look down upon a character. Instead, it’ll likely help us relate.

Don’t be shy about giving your characters opportunities to learn and grow. If you do it right, we’ll cheer them on because it gives us hope we can change too.

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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.