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As GROWING GREAT CHARACTERS FROM THE GROUND UP states, character development is the most important facet of any character-based book, because "readers won't follow for long if they find the people you're writing about dull, one-dimensional or unbelievable." After listing the three attributes of a great character, the book takes readers through a step-by-step process that teaches them how to develop characters from start to finish.

"Martha Engber's book is destined to become a must-have for any writer keen on improving his craft and writing great characters. I highly recommend it. Now I'm off to rename my character.”

"Delivers on the title's promise 'a thorough primer' by providing tons of practical advice, memorable examples, and images. Totally helpful and it's actually fun to read!”

“Martha Engber’s book is written as if by a close friend offering up some pointers. Its easy style and readability is a huge plus as one will be inclined to refer to it over and over again."

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