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Camp Care Package #2: How to make sure your characters grow

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Author Tashie Bhuiyan is your Camp Counselor this week. Find all Camp Care Packages in Breaking News throughout the month of July, or learn more about Camp NaNoWriMo!

1) Keep writing: 

Writing is such a personal process that it's hard to give advice that encompasses all—but my best advice to this day is to keep writing. Sometimes writers think that their first story is their end-all be-all, but that's nowhere near the truth. Most published authors have written several stories prior to their debut novel, all of which helped them on their path to publication. When one story ends, another begins. No matter what, just keep pushing forward and writing—you have thousands of stories within you.

2) Find your character's misbelief: 

One question I always ask myself when writing is what the character wants vs. what the character needs. Sometimes they're the same thing, but oftentimes, they're not. Being able to differentiate between those two helps to find the "character's misbelief" which is the fundamental misunderstanding the character has about either themselves or the world. Once you're able to pinpoint that, you can help the character slowly unravel that misbelief and find the truth as they go on their journey, which will in turn allow them to experience character growth.

Writing Dare: Write a scene where your main character lies to someone about what they want.

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Tashie Bhuiyan is a Bangladeshi American writer based in New York City. She recently graduated from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and hopes to change the world, one book at a time. She loves writing stories about girls with wild hearts, boys who wear rings, and gaining agency through growth. When she’s not doing that, she can be found in a Chipotle or bookstore, insisting 2010 is the best year in cinematic history. (Read: Tangled and Inception.)

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