1. […] Underlying Fear: Now figure out what your character is truly afraid of—the true fear that is beneath the specific fear. For an example, if the character’s specific fear is she doesn’t want to return home, perhaps her fear is that she will be a proven failure and have run out of options. Or if she returns home, she will be lost in the pain of her past. (Is there a secret connected to all of this? Even better!) Take the specific and expand it to her true, internal fear. Make it bigger and more important to her emotional makeup. What she needs to resolve in order to be happy. The underlying fear will identify her character arc, and is a great conflict generator as well as the specific fear. (For more on character fear, see Look Inside Your Character to Drive Your Plot.) […]

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