About Writing Secrets

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There’s nothing like a deliciously good secret that keeps a reader reading; the one that comes to mind is from Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations.

It’s the secret of Pip’s benefactor, as well as many others in the novel, which keeps the reader in suspense and turning the page.

Writer Frances Susanne Brown, explores the meaning of secrets and how they impact our lives and what we write, in Mary Gottschalk’s blog, Old Bones: The Cost of Keeping Secrets.

In that blog, she talks about how the secret of don’t tell can be passed to generations, and how it shapes our writing. Understanding what a secret does to a person can help a writer create a deeply rich character.

What secret is your character carrying?

 

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