I Hear the Secrets that You Keep

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I don't have any secrets, either. I mean aside from the big one.

I can't remember which author I heard say this, but she (or he) said that the secret shouldn't be revealed. Somehow this will bring you closer to your characters and help with their motivations. It seems like it'd make a good game: pick a character in a novel and try to guess his/her secret.

In The House at Pooh Corner, I think that Winnie the Pooh's secret is that he lost his job at the outdoor lantern factory because of the drug-induced flashbacks and not, as he told the others, because the boss was just a hater of chubby little cubbies all stuffed with fluff.

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next door zombie said...

Oooh...special cameo appearance by the backyard gnome.