Creating Characters

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…
Naming Characters - 33 Fabulous Resources To Use

Naming Characters – 33 Fabulous Resources To Use

Naming 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 suit…

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…
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