Characters are a key part of any story. Novelist Alan Gratz shared some tips for how he created the characters in his book Refugee. He looked for pictures to get an idea of what his characters looked like. Then he thought about what happened in their lives before the novel’s story begins. He even tried writing from each character’s perspective. The next time you write fiction, try warming up by writing a short scene describing things as your character sees them.

Learn more about how Alan Gratz created his characters.