Torturing Your Characters

I have long heard authors talk about torturing characters to make stories stronger. I have done a little of that with different characters in my stories. The thing is, I find it easier to torturer one-time characters. Going one step further, torturing those characters that only appear in a short story. I guess it’s like people. The better you get to know someone, the more protective of that person (assuming you like them) you get. Such is the way of it with my characters. In fact, I have had to mentally prepare myself to do the necessary torturing with some of my recurring characters just so I can write the scenes effectively. Even then I sometimes find myself easing off […]

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