aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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Everyone needs a secret

"In the planning stage, I make sure that all my characters have secrets that will be revealed gradually during the course of the novel. Such secrets will motivate all sorts of unexpected action and furnish the surprise element that I'm trying for. Before I ever get to the writing, I examine my characters for those secrets they may be hiding, and I plan ways in which such secrets may affect the lives of other characters in the story."
- Phyllis Whitney, Guide to Fiction Writing



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