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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Creating Compelling Characters

Believe

20. Does the hero have a moment of humanity early on?

21. Is the hero defined by ongoing actions and attitudes, not by backstory?

22. Does the hero have a well-defined public identity?

23. Does the surface characterization ironically contrast with a hidden interior self?

24. Does the hero have a consistent metaphor family?

25. Does the hero have a default personality trait?

26. Does the hero have a default argument tactic?

27. Is the hero’s primary motivation for tackling this challenge strong, simple, and revealed early on?

Care

28. Does the hero start out with a shortsighted or wrongheaded philosophy (or accept a bad piece of advice early on)?

29. Does the hero have a false or shortsighted goal in the ...

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