Who doesn’t love a character that straddles the line of good and evil? They’re interesting, shady, and most of all, strangely lovable.
However, have you ever attempted to write a morally grey character? If you have, then you’ve been through the pitfalls already. If you think you might add such a character to your next story, then give the video below a watch and learn the ins and outs of writing these types of characters.
The vlog is from YouTube superstar (in my humble opinion) Jenna Moreci. If you’re not following her, I would highly recommend it. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books.😀
Descending into the underworld for a character can open so many doors to your story. High adventure, self-realization, or inner/outer triumph are just a few possibilities for your characters journey.
The article attached below outlines the many circumstances one might use while writing about the world below, either in literal or speculatory terms. This world could be an actual realm or an instance of comparison to your character’s situation in the real world.
What exactly is an anti-hero or anti-villain? If you have been mulling this question over in your head for a character idea, then you have stumbled upon the right article. The links below will take you to an exemplary explanation of these two character types.
Who needs a happy ending to be satisfied and entertained? Not me! Negative character arcs are the cornerstone of captivating stories across many genres.
If you’re looking to add some depth and intrigue to your story, read this article on crafting negative character arcs and watch the attached vlog version to give yourself a head start on an unputdownable (it’s a word) novel.
Unless you are a counselor or have personal experience with addiction, writing a character with an addiction requires some research. Which questions should you ask yourself and what aspects of addiction do you need to focus on? The article below lays out a template of poignant questions you should address before you begin to write. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
How important is it to understand a mental illness before you write about it? Is there an inherent responsibility placed upon the author? As a writer who has dealt with mental illness for the past ten years, I naturally insert my illness into my stories. However, I never considered the ramifications it would have on my readers in terms of how they might treat fellow sufferers.
My writing has always been me getting into my head and pushing away the cobwebs of my illness. After reading the following article, my eyes were opened to the responsibility we as authors have to society at large or at least that one reader we’re lucky enough to attract. I hope you read the below article and take it to heart and hopefully it will add depth to your next character creation.
Bigger, better, more, and more and more and more. That’s what larger than life characters are. Hotter than hot. Colder than cold. With a depth that seems almost superhuman.
Crafting characters your readers will want to jump inside of and live out the journey you take them on should be your number one goal as a writer and the video and article that follow will get you there a lot quicker than you ever imagined. The article gives in depth character profiles for 20 larger than life characters for you to study and understand what it is they share with one another. The video goes into the finer points of character development. I hope you take what you learn and use it to sell more books😀
So you have an idea for a story. You may have the tantalizing end twist in mind or even the grand opening scene that will hook your readers. You’ve probably even thought about some of the secondary characters. The mentor, the sidekick, or even the love interest have popped into your mind, and you have given them interesting quirks and little sayings but have you locked down your main character?
Is he/she the perfect match to carry your story? With a few answers to some well-placed questions, you will be on your way to locking down that all-important main character. The article that follows will help you fine-tune your main character into one that will withstand the weight of your prose and have readers pulling for them at every turn. I’ve included a short YouTube video on how to write great protagonists, which I hope will give you some indispensable advice on crafting unforgettable main characters.
If I ask you to name a few of your favorite characters which ones come to mind? Why are they so memorable? How did the author create such an amazing personality?
If you want to endow your readers with memories of your characters long after they’ve finished your book, then the following article will help you along your way. Crafting an unforgettable character is not an easy task, but with the tips below you can begin to build a strong foundation.
Self-insert is a new term for me, but the concept is wildly rampant among new writers, especially in first novels which I am currently finishing.
So am I guilty of using the self-insert? Absolutely! I think we all are to some extent every time we write. To some point it’s inevitable, but we can work our way towards improving this inevitability. The video below describes the good and bad of using the self-insert.
A few basics to learn as you begin your writing adventure. These terms must be learned and understood to work your way through all the writing advice you are bound to come across as you grow as a writer.
The two vides below will mention and explain the basic writing terms every new writer should learn.
The damsel in distress days are long gone. Today female characters are self-reliant, strong, and can kickass if need be. They can step into the role of leader and take charge of the situation. However, you don’t want them to become a cliche.
The article below will help you create a strong heroine that is also vulnerable, confident yet flawed. Crafting a complicated, badass, lovable leading lady that will jump off the pages of your story is only a few steps away.
You have your protagonist. You have your antagonist. Good to go right? No! Of course, we all know we need to populate our stories with multiple characters, and the cast should always include certain archetypes every time.
If you take the time to read the following article by KM Weiland, you will have a full picture of which characters are needed to grace the pages of your novel and make it the well-rounded story your readers will love.