By Mariah When was the last time you read a book or watched a movie where 1) at least one of the main character’s parents is dead, 2) dies suddenly, or 3) is slowly dying over the course of the movie. Chances are, that was pretty recently — painfully recently. When they want to give their character hardship or a tragic origin story, too many writers will knock off a parent … [Read more...] about Guest Post: Stop Killing Your Characters’ Parents!
By Mariah If done well, writing about long-term injuries can add an important element to a work of fiction. The character's psychological development from the initial shock to adapting to the consequences of his injury provides an emotional and uplifting story that can inspire readers. Injuries of all kinds will affect people in different ways, and those responses can lead … [Read more...] about Guest Post: 4 Pro Tips on Writing Injuries
By Emmanuel Nataf It’s the new year and you’re ready to actually carry out your resolution of writing a book. You’re excited and sitting down to put down the first word when you stop short — because you’ve realized that you’re missing one of the most basic ingredients of all: a name for your character. Though it might seem like a given, a name is actually one of the most … [Read more...] about Guest Post: How to Name a Character
By Mariah T What was the basis for the last great novel you read, play you attended, or the last great movie you saw? By basis, we mean the archetype of the story; every story has an archetype that is representative of human virtue, morals, and norms. In other words, the story you just experienced was built around a character, a theme, a symbol or a setting that has meaning … [Read more...] about Guest Post: The 5 Most Tragic Story Archetypes
Characters are an important element of every story. So how do you make sure your story has characters that stand out? That readers find interesting and believable? Writers in the Storm posted an article about becoming your character, so that you don't make mistakes like head hop or have multiple viewpoints for one character. The best way to do that is to become your … [Read more...] about Indie Authors: Tips for Writing Characters That Resonate
I've decided to start a mini-series on writing tips, starting with Indie Authors: Writing a Series. Next up is how to write characters. According to Lady Anakina, "Character is Everything." Here are a few things to keep in mind: Add physical description Come up with mannerisms Show conflict and reaction Share the character's inner voice It's also important … [Read more...] about Indie Authors Writing: Creating Strong Characters
By Eve Jacob – Widbook blog This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Eve Jacob. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the next two weeks Widbook will be my guest. See the last guest post, "Outlines and Notecards and … [Read more...] about Widbook Guest Post: Character Development is Hard and People Are Really Weird