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Writing Authentic Fiction: How to Build a Believable Character

Sabaa Tahir, Author

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8 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting the Foundation

    • 3. Defining Attributes

    • 4. Prepping for the Interview

    • 5. Conducting the Interview

    • 6. Starting Writing

    • 7. Closing

    • 8. Explore More Classes

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About This Class

Want to write compelling fiction? The secret is creating authentic characters.

Join best-selling author Sabaa Tahir as she walks you through her personal process for crafting authentic characters! Packed with exercises, prompts, and tried-and-true techniques, this class will teach you how to create real and nuanced characters that feel like they could walk right off of the page. Once you master this, you'll be on your way to becoming the storyteller you've always dreamt of being. You’ll learn how to:

  • Define the goal, motivation, and conflict to set the groundwork for your character
  • Determine key attributes to build your character
  • Use different scenarios to situate your character and fuel the writing process

Plus, Sabaa walks you through her favorite exercise — The Character Interview — showing you how to enter your character’s mind to uncover insights and understand them on a whole new level.

Whether you’re new to writing or you’re looking to craft stronger characters, this class will give you the tools you need to develop the types of characters that stick with readers.

Note: This class contains spoilers for A Torch Against the Night, the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series.





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Sabaa Tahir


Sabaa Tahir is a young adult author best known for her New York Times Bestselling fantasy series, which includes An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night, and and A Reaper at the Gates. Prior to adopting writing as her full-time job, Sabaa worked as an editor at The Washington Post. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and spends her free time obsessing over music. 


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