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Writers are always trying to get around this one.

You can get creative, but your characters must be “people.” If your story is missing a character function, audiences will notice.

They might not know what they’re noticing. But they’ll feel it.

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ASSIGNMENT: Evaluate your characters. Make sure you’re filling your cast list with “people.”

If you’re Novel Matrix plan isn’t complete yet, continue to develop it. You should also be developing your Scene List at this time.

FOR FURTHER STUDY: Continue to build your knowledge of story structure with The Novel Matrix book at, or the Novel Matrix classes at Writers.Company.