Posted on 04/14/2021 at 01:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Knowing your character’s desires and motivations is key to helping you choose their actions throughout the novel.

But, as writer Kathleen McCleary points out, your character’s regrets can also affect how they behave going forward.

This epiphany came to her after she read Matt Haig’s bestselling novel The Midnight Library, which (as you may know) follows a woman who wishes she could die as she examines all the different paths that her life could’ve taken.

McCleary’s reflection on the power of regrets — or of their absence — led her to identify three types that can provide powerful insight into your character.

She explores the roles of missed opportunities, repentance, and sadness in character development in a post at Writer Unboxed.

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