WHAT’S YOUR SECRET?
By Natalie Bright
Everybody has secrets. Things deep, down they never tell about their childhood, fears, likes, dislikes, first loves…you know some.
Characters have secrets too. Those buried, dark secrets of your fictional characters, that only you as the creator can know, might lend itself to creating some interesting scenarios for your plot.
Maybe the character knows the secret, or maybe he doesn’t (Luke Skywalker’s father, for example.). Maybe the secret leads him to make wrong decisions. Perhaps the secret is so debilitating it affects everyone your character encounters (a serial killer, for example.).
Here’s a quick guide for creating complex characters:
What’s at stake?
Dig deep, and don’t be afraid of what you might find.