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Camp Care Package #1: Develop a complete character.

Author Claire Kann is your Camp Counselor this week. Find all Camp Care Packages in Breaking News throughout the month of July.  

Even if a character comes to you fully formed, it’s your job to sit down and learn their history, to know them inside and out. I like to think characters are similar to trees—inside of them are growth rings representing years of life and development. As a writer, it’s your job to account for all of those rings.

Today's Writing Dare

Draw four circles, starting with a BIG one on the outside and ending with a small one in the middle. Each one represents a different side to your main character. Spend 3-5 minutes writing or jotting down details on each circle (so 12-20 minutes total) about how your character acts/ how they appear to....

  • Circle 1 (the BIG outside one): strangers.
  • Circle 2 (the next inner one): ...people at school or work.
  • Circle 3 (the second smallest): ...friends.
  • Circle 4 (the innermost one): (or super-super-close friends).

What's up at Camp?

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Claire Kann hails from the glorious Bay Area where the weather is regrettably not nearly as temperate as it used to be. Let’s Talk About Love is her debut YA contemporary novel, published in 2018 with Swoon Reads/Macmillan. A sucker for instant gratification, she also posts new stories regularly to Wattpad, including the two Watty Award-winning stories: The Scavenger Hunt and #Fatgirl Magic. To connect with her, please visit her website

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