Creating Characters

5 Truly Unusual Ways To Round Out Your Characters

Are you sure you know your characters well enough? You have probably filled in character questionnaires. [If you haven’t, try this one: The Only Character Questionnaire You Need] You have most likely developed their story goals and the characters who oppose them. Even if you…

Is The Age Of The Antihero In Fiction Finally Here?

Don’t you find it hard to name your real-life heroes? In a world of shifting morality, changing ethics and inverted values, the good guys and the bad guys are no longer as clear-cut as they were before. In fact, one person’s demon dictator is another’s…

10 Really Useful Ways To Avoid Creating Lovable Caricatures

You Don’t Have To Create Lovable Characters You do, however, have to create empathetic characters. There is nothing worse than reading a well-plotted book that is driven by an unlikeable character. Protagonists carry a story. If you can’t identify with them, you lose interest. It’s…
Back to Basics: 3 Steps To Character

Back To Basics: 3 Steps To Character

To kick start the new year, we’re getting back to the core basics of fiction writing – plot, character, and setting.  This week, our focus is on character. In Essence In essence, a character is looking for something outside of herself and in that search…

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…
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