1. […] The deepest true character—the person behind the mask the character shows the world—gives the reader a look into the character’s core. When building a character, I start with the surface of the character, or the mask/facade he shows the world. Seemingly on the surface, the mask is an important part of the character and actually reveals character depth (see The First Layer of Character for more on this). Next, the backstory, or the character’s past shows what is behind character actions and solidifies motivation (Character Skeleton: Let it Out of the Closet). […]

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