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Two tips to build characters and jumpstart your plot

How well do you know your characters? If you’re stuck or blocked in your writing, it may be a signal that you have more to discover.

Speaking at a workshop sponsored by the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Susan Brown, author of “Hugging the Rock” and several other children’s books, said when she gets blocked, it helps to learn more about her characters. That in turn helps her raise the stakes of her story.

Brown suggested these writing exercises:

Tip 1: Write letters to your characters and then have them write back.

Through letters, Brown has learned interesting nuances about her characters that led to new plot twists. Read more