Creating Characters

9 Ways To Set Up Believable Fictional Breakups

Have you ever watched a film or read a book where the storyteller fails to break up a relationship convincingly? I think it happens all the time. It’s as if the author or screenwriter knows they need conflict, or something to happen, and they choose…

Why Your Characters’ Names Are Your Secret Ingredient

What we name the characters in our stories is important, don’t you think? Would James Bond be as iconic if he didn’t have those flat, blunt syllables in his moniker? I don’t think we’d follow his adventures if he was called Ainsley Anderson or Lindsay…
3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing

3 Things Your Characters Should Not Be Doing

There are many things a character needs to do in a story, and many more that authors need to exclude. ‘Drama is life with the dull parts left out.’ ~Alfred Hitchcock We all have pet hates when we read. They can be big mistakes, such…
Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Creating Tension In Characters, Plot, And Setting

Tension: The Great Opposite Effect  A good plot is sustained by a single thread: tension. You can have conflicts and resolutions across the span of the story, but tension is the rope that joins it from beginning to end. One way to create tension in…

The 13 Secrets To Great Characters

In a recent article, psychologists claim that the average person has 13 secrets at any given time – five of which they’ve never shared with anyone. It’s an intriguing premise – and it got me thinking. What are the secrets I’ve never shared? Well, I don’t…

5 Things Writers Can Learn From People Watching

Last night, after watching a movie, my friend I went for a coffee and a quick catch up. As we chatted, my eye darted around the coffee shop. I realised how much I missed people watching. It’s a bit of a guilty secret. We’re all…
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