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Tips from Picture Books: Character Obstacles

Some authors like to make in-depth character description sheets. Here’s how you can use them! If you need more obstacles and conflict in your story, present your characters with their disliked items. Have their hobbies and interests fail them.

We often think that adding obstacles to our stories means outside influences. Don’t forget to look inward. Inner emotional conflict is far more intriguing than stumbling blocks from enemies, the weather, or anti-heroes.

If you are participating in Nanowrimo and need some more words, try throwing a curveball into your character’s psyche.

Author:

Elsha Hawk is a center-brained, imaginative, pragmatist who errs on the side of optimism. She is a writer, mom, teacher, wife, and go-getter. She has dabbled in ebooks, researched marketing and promotion of herself, joined social media, and written both solo and with a co-author Eddie-Joe Young. She won the short story contest, "Write to Win", in Writer's Journal and was published in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue. She also published a short story in Eclectic Flash in the April 2010 issue.

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