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Hi. I need help in exactly your field of expertise. I love to read and write and I have a very active imagination. I am attempting to write a book and I am having problems developing the characters. I know in my mind what I want them to be like but I don't know how to develop them within my story. Any ideas?

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Derek...an active imagination.  Wonderful.  However what is in your mind is sometimes exceeding hard to translate into the written word.  Here are a few suggestions.
1 - Look for a character book at your local bookstore.  "Ten Steps to Creating a Memorable Character" is a good one, part text, part workbook.
2 - Join a writing group in your area. Can't find one, check with your local bookstore to see if they know of one
3 - Join an on-line writing group. There are hundreds
4 - Find a writing partner to bounce ideas off of.  Everyone who is published has some sort of a critique group that helps them
5 - Give yourself 10 minutes every day to write something, anything down on paper...because you can't edit and improve your writing until you have the words in front of you.
6 - Write back and let me know how your are doing.
Good luck.  Sue

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Sue Viders

Expertise

I can answer various questions about how to create characters for fiction writers.

Experience

Two published books, Heroes and Heroines, and Ten Steps to Creating a Memorable Character, plus years of teaching both on-site and on-line

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Several national magazines...had monthly columns

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BFA

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