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Writing With Quiet Hands by Paula Munier

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Chapter Seven

The Resurrection of Character

“As a writer, I demand the right to write any character in the world that I want to write. I demand the right to be them, I demand the right to think them, and I demand the right to tell the truth as I see they are.” —Quentin Tarantino

The most common complaint I hear from editors who pass on the stories I send them is this: I just didn’t connect with the character. It isn’t easy to create heroes and heroines readers will follow for three hundred pages and then wait for expectantly in a subsequent novel. But it is critical to your success as a storyteller.

And you can’t stop at bringing your protagonist to life on the page; the most endearing stories pitch their protagonists against worthy antagonists ...

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