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Author Leigh Bardugo on Creating Characters

Author Leigh Bardugo says one of the greatest pleasures as a writer is discovering your characters, their mannerisms, senses of humor, salient qualities. Some characters come to her fully formed, arrive speaking clearly like Mattias in her book Six of Crows who is loud, dogmatic, and full of drama. Others take longer to get to know and develop. Writing a first draft when can feel like an awkward first date … you have to ask your characters questions and feel them out to see where they want to take you in the story.

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Leigh Bardugo


Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse. The Grishaverse spans the Shadow and Bone Trilogy, the Six of Crows Duology, and The Language of Thorns. Her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and short stories that can be found in multiple anthologies.