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Do your characters have secrets?

When developing characters–hair color, size, likes, dislikes, hobbies, background–do you think about what secrets they might have? Secrets can make your character more complex, human, and interesting.

For ideas on the types of secrets people have, listen to Frank Warren’s 11-minute talk below about an art project he started back in 2004. He handed out 3,000 postcards and asked people to anonymously mail in their secrets. He has since collected over half a million secrets and posts them weekly on his website

Warren says, “Secrets can remind us of the countless human dramas, of frailty and heroism playing out silently in the lives of people all around us.”

What secrets might your characters have?

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  1. I absolutely LOVE this. I mostly write children’s stories, but children (and animals!) have their own secrets, of course. Thanks, as usual.

    April 23, 2012
    • Thanks, Jane. What age group do you write for?

      April 24, 2012
      • At the moment, 3-8, the ages of my grandchildren!

        April 24, 2012
      • That’s great…you have built-in critics. I bet they love your books. 🙂

        April 24, 2012

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