Character Checklist

Listed on the following page are the seven major points I have made in this chapter. We will examine them again in chapter five to see how each point was followed in "Fifteen Miles."

1. In a good story the reader forgets where he is and lives in the story; the reader wants to be the protagonist.

2. The protagonist must be admirable, or at least likable, but he should have at least one glaring weakness that forms the underlying tension that drives the character's behavior. Capture those conflicting traits in a simple emotion vs. emotion equation.

3. The protagonist must struggle to solve his problems. That struggle is the backbone of the story.

4. Avoid stereotypes!

5. Study the people around you; draw your characters from life.

6. Show the story from the protagonist's point of view.

7. Use all five senses: Describe what your characters see, hear, touch, taste and smell.

Chapter Four

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