Creating Characters

Why Backstory Should Be The Scar Tissue Of Your Book

Backstory is necessary. We all come from somewhere. Things have happened to us along the way. However, people would run screaming from us if we unburdened everything to them after our first introduction. If we find people interesting, we will ask them questions about how…
5 Ways To Get Your Characters Back On Track

5 Ways To Get Your Characters Back On Track

Do you feel as if your story is stuck? Is your character feeling unmotivated? Sometimes, it feels as if he or she is deliberately stopping the action. After all, if they are like real people your characters don't like change. Here are five simple ways…

9 Literary Terms You Need To Know

We need to know the basics of literature when we read and write. Literature includes fiction, memoir, drama, and poetry. We use certain terms to describe the structure of literary works. We have to know these terms if we are studying literary works or writing…

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. You have most likely developed their story goals and the characters who oppose them. Even if you think you are intimately acquainted with your creations, here are five unusual…

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…
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