1. […] Give your character a secret and don’t reveal it to the reader immediately. A secret will keep your reader interested, but also serve as constant conflict for your character. If her secret is something she’s experienced in the past, it gives her a struggle with past fear in the present-day story. If it’s something she’s done in the past that haunts her, she won’t want anyone in the story to find it out and will go to great pains to keep it under wraps. Of course, you will be sure to reveal at some point in the story, at the worst possible time and place for your character. […]

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