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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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6.1 Ways of developing characters

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You’ve already discovered that learning about the approaches other writers take can be helpful.

Here novelists discuss how they develop their fictional characters using a mixture of methodical research, accident and empathy.

As you’re listening to Tim Pears, Monique Roffey, Alex Garland and Louis de Bernières, make a note how you might develop main characters and how much work goes into differentiating between relatively minor characters.