Characters Category

What Kind of Cake?

I just thought of a new get-to-know your character exercise!! What is your character’s favorite kind of birthday cake? Ooo, this will be fun to do for the villains . . . .

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Random Tears

Sometimes, I’m happily writing along, enjoying a character’s individual personality, goofiness, kindness . . . . and then I remember. THAT CHARACTER DIES!!!!!! And I randomly start crying.

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Killing the Parents

When writing for children, authors often have to get the parents out of the way so the characters can act independently. The most used (and now cliché) way of doing this is to kill off the parents. Some authors find other, less violent ways. I enjoyed <em>The Railway Children</em> by E. Nesbit. The mother was […]

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When Secondary Characters Steal the Show

Have you ever been contentedly writing away only to notice that a secondary character is becoming more and more prominent and has finally taken over? One of the first and hardest questions to ask when that happens is, “Is my main character really the main character? Who is this story really about?” There are some […]

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Out of Character

I’ve mentioned before that in my current revisions of Epic Novel, I’m using a second POV character. At first, everything went smoothly. He was so much fun to write because he was different and because I knew exactly what he wanted: revenge. Then things started working out not so well. He kept acting out of […]

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Characters that Resonate

I have a short list of all time favorite fictional characters. This is different than regular favorite characters. A regular favorite character is someone who is fun or maybe makes me think of me. An all-time favorite is a character who makes me thinks, “that character is a work of art.” An all-time favorite is […]

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Running Commentary

Who else wants to include a commentary to every scene of their story? Things like, “Here’s what’s really going on.” and “That character is actually thinking this.” I want to do that all the time. I get so excited about background stuff and hidden emotions that I want to let the reader know. This desire […]

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Exercise

I don’t like to be mean. I really don’t like to be mean. Sometimes, I just feel so awful about the things that happen to my characters. The first section is about military training, and my goodness! I started to feel tired as I wrote about my MC’s exhaustion! Hopefully that means I’m doing something […]

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They’re Forbidden for a Reason

At the conference, the agent who critiqued my manuscript told me to scrap the prologue (she was very nice about it). :::kicks feet::: Yes, I knew prologues were forbidden when I wrote it . . . My problem isn’t so much prologues. It’s world-building. How on earth do I convey all the necessary world-building information […]

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Book: Characters and Viewpoint

One of my favorite craft books is Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. When I first read it, I had never read any craft book before nor attended any creative writing courses. Consequently, a lot of it went over my head. I recently found the book (rather, my husband found it for me–thanks!) in […]

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