Know your character's motivations. If he is a seriel killer, what about his upbringing or his mind created him into the pathological criminal that he is.
The lesson is know your characters. Know what makes them tick. Know what drives them wild and what drives them crazy. Know them as well as you know yourself otherwise your audience never will.
By creating a thorough outline on each characters before you begin writing, the decisions are made for you. You will know your characters well enough to know what they would and wouldn't say and how they would say it. More importantly, your readers will believe in them and in you.
About The Author
Caterina Christakos is the author of How to Write a Children's Book in 30 Days or Less. For more writing tips go to:
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