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Definition: A dynamic, or round, character is a major character in a work of fiction who encounters conflict and is changed by it. Dynamic characters tend to be more fully developed and described than flat, or static, characters. If you think of the characters you most love in fiction, they probably seem as real to you as people you know in real life.

A number of elements in fiction reveal character, making the character dynamic, including descriptions of a character, the character's dialogue, a character's responses to the conflicts that arise in the plot, and a character's thoughts.

How do you go about creating dynamic characters rather than flat ones? Creating believable characters takes time and thought, of course; you can start by answering these questions about your main character.

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