From the basics to the very in-depth, these are some of the resources I go to when I’m developing new characters. Have a look at my favorites, and add your own in the comments!
As a writer, creating characters is probably the most important thing you do. Get it wrong, and the story will be wrong no matter how well plotted.
Readers are engaged by characters who do not always act in a predictable way. Think of how to have your character make decisions or respond in ways the reader won’t see coming.
Successful main characters are the agents of their own destiny, they are someone we root for, and they grow or change during the course of the novel.
Most of us don’t start writing until we’ve come up with a character we just adore. But how can we make sure this character will also be adored by our readers?
The most intriguing conflicts are the ones that come from within people’s own personalities.
These characters have traits that are so unrealistic, the audience starts thinking about the author’s intention rather than the story at hand.
In this article, we will take a look at what dynamic characters are, how they differ from static characters, what forms their narratives can take, and how authors can write them into their books.
What are gesture crutches, and why should we avoid them?
Protagonists don’t write themselves. No character does. So why leave trait-choice up to the character?
Creating unique voices for each viewpoint character is essential in creating fiction readers want to read over and over.
What about you? What are your favorite blog posts about creating characters?