Creating Characters

33 Fabulous Resources To Use When You Name Characters

Naming your characters is as important as naming your children. Take care when you do it. In my post, 10 Things To Consider When Naming Characters, I discuss what you should think about when you're looking for names. Four important starting points are: Does the meaning…

An Illustrated Look At Creating Dynamic Characters

"There's something wrong with your main characters, and you can't quite put your finger on it. When we struggle with creating a compelling, believable story for our protagonists, it most often boils down to one thing: we haven't fully grasped who they are, and what…

Angry Characters And What To Do With Them

Angry characters are characters who haven’t found a way to live in the world as it really is. They’re itchy inside their own skin. They’re good to write about. Anger can be an engine for plot, for characterisation. At the moment, I’m writing a screenplay…

4 Super Easy Ways To Create Characters For Short Stories

Characters in Novels versus Characters in Short Stories Creating characters in short stories is the same as creating characters in novels, but once again, when dealing with a reduced word count we have to make our writing work harder. We don’t have 80 000 words…

Character Interview – A Worksheet For Beginners

If you're looking for a starting point for creating a character, you will enjoy this worksheet. Lee White's character interview will kickstart your journey into your character's past. If you are looking for more in-depth questionnaires, please have a look at these: The Only Character Questionnaire…

The Love Interest As A Literary Device

Welcome to the fourth instalment in my series on the four main characters and why they are literary devices. This week, I’m going to write about the love interest's role in our stories. "It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for…
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