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DO YOUR CHARACTERS QUESTION THEIR OWN MOTIVES?
Posted on January 10, 2023 by Philip Athans
You know, by now, how strongly I feel about the importance of strongly motivated characters—heroes and villains alike. Last October, I got into this in “Why? The Heart of Character Motivation” when it comes to villains: Evil, like good, is … Continue reading →
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