The Writers Circle: Milestone Birthdays

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One of our goals here at Today’s Author is to help all of the writers among us to do what we love to do: write. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by talking to each other and learning from each other.  Our Writers Circle series is designed to do just that – provide a chance for us to discuss writing, editing and publishing questions.

This week’s topic is:

Often, we see stories built around something “big” that changes for a character on their 13th or 18th birthday (or some other age society has deemed as important).  Do you use these milestones to help build or shape a character’s life or world? Would it work if the big changes took place at another, less commonly “important” birthday like the character’s 14th or 23rd birthday?  Share your strategies, tips and tricks in the comments below or in the forums.