S10E4 – Character History: Nature

Characters are the base of any story. Without well-developed characters, the plot will always fall flat. This series is dedicated to creating realistic, believable, and deep characters. It means getting to know them on a personal level. It takes developing more than their powers or strengths, but their flaws. It’s not easy but it is possible, even for those pantsers.

It’s an argument almost as old as the study of psychology. What is more influential in someone’s life: nature or nurture? Both of these are aspects of a character an author needs to consider while they’re writing. A character’s history is made of pieces of nature and nurture. This episode focuses on nature: the physical aspects that create what a person is, from brain chemistry to DNA, and how that is applied to writing.

First aired May 14, 2020.

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