Inside every character is a core truth, something that defines their identity. Of course there's more to them than just that - there better be! But understanding that core truth can help guide us to knowing what that character would do in any given situation.
We know we have to come up with loglines for our books, one sentence that encapsulates the entire book. But can you do that for your characters?
Let's use an example, shall we? Oh I bet you know exactly where this is going... Damon! My favorite conflicted vampire. Remember the scene I made you watch in this post? If not go grab a refresher. The rest of us will wait and enjoy the eye candy.
If I had to guess Damon's core truth, it would be this: I am not human, and no matter how much I want to be, it can never happen.
Everything Damon does stems from this core belief, doesn't it? He embraces his dark side because he believes that's what he is. He acknowledges his human feelings for Elana, but agonizes over never being able to be what she needs. He insists his brother is pretending to be something he's not.
Now it's your turn! Try this with some of your characters and see if you can get to the basis of what makes them tick.
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