Creating Characters

The 12 Most Basic Character Building Blocks

Everybody remembers Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. Why? He was a well-rounded character with an established background. His attitudes, morals, and ethics were clear. His emotions, motivations, and reactions were measured by his occupation and his family. His body language, mannerisms, and manners reinforced…

How Do We Write What We Know?

If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it. ~Tennessee Williams Your reader may not find you, your mother, or your friend as interesting as you do. Even if you have led an incredible life, create a character who…

3 Simple Ways To Show And Not Tell

Telling is sometimes called using a summary mode. It should be used sparingly because it distances the reader from the viewpoint character’s goals and actions. It is mostly better to show rather than tell. 1.  Avoid using abstract words when you describe a person.  Don’t…

Underlying Emotions

Feelings extrapolated - The roots of your characters’ emotions. If you want to learn how to write a book, join our Writers Write course.

Six Compelling Antagonists

The Immoral Antagonist This is easily the most popular form of antagonist. The bad guy is one readers will have no trouble hating. He is usually set in clear contrast against the good-guy hero. The lines are drawn in varying shades of black and white,…
The 5 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

The 5 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes

The Five Mistakes I have run my course, Writers Write, for 10 years. I have learned so much from teaching novelists to dream their books into life. After seeing more than 120 graduates published, I have identified these as being the most common mistakes made by debut…

The Hero’s Journey

The Hero’s Journey is a pattern discovered in mythological stories by the American Scholar, Joseph Campbell. Campbell maintained that all mythological stories (and all good stories) share a common structure or flow. This revolves around the inner and outer journey of the protagonist, whom he calls the…

10 Things To Consider When Naming Characters

Naming your characters is important. They are your creation and you should put some serious thought into the process. Here are 10 things to consider when you're naming characters. 1.  What does the name mean? Here are some naming websites to explore: Baby Names Baby…

Creating Larger-Than-Life Characters

When you write fiction, you start with character, the heartbeat of the novel. Characters are interesting people in terrible difficulties. Readers read novels for story but also for intimacy - they want to move into a character’s life, live inside his or her thoughts and…
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