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Guest Post: Three Questions for Developing Characters

Guest Post: Three Questions for Developing Characters

Hey Everybody, it’s me. Finally. So this thing called college happened and it’s my first year and AHHHH! (*cueinternalandexternalscreaming*).  Basically, I’ve missed a couple…

Three Tips for Great YA Villains

Three Tips for Great YA Villains

After last week’s 100 celebration (still happy) and my posts on blogging before that, it’s been a while since we did like an actual writing advice post.  I…

The Key To Storyworld Depth

The Key To Storyworld Depth

Have you ever read a novel and felt like it was… just that.  Like it was a nice little story: prepackaged and wrapped in a frilly red bow.  It felt…

Developing You Character Through Relationships

Developing You Character Through Relationships

Whether you are writing nice characters, mean characters, conflicted characters, or fancy free characters, it can be hard sometimes to connect them to your reader.  After all, (though we don…

When Your Ally is Too Cool for Your Hero

When Your Ally is Too Cool for Your Hero

There is a disease among novelists which kills story ideas and quenches hopes of finishing novels.  I’ve dubbed it, the Sam Syndrome.  If you’ve ever said “I like…

The One About Voices: Narrative and Character Personality

The One About Voices: Narrative and Character Personality

Voice is a confusing aspect of writing because of its inherent vagueness.  Many novelists struggle with finding ‘their voice’ or their character’s voice.  If we want to better understand…

Weaknesses and Themes

Weaknesses and Themes

Weaknesses are a crucial part of writing believable characters.  Your hero needs a weakness.  Allies need weaknesses.  Even your villain should have weaknesses.  What kind of weaknesses create compelling characters…

The Character Tour: Getting Your Readers Inside Your Character’s Head

The Character Tour: Getting Your Readers Inside Your Character’s Head

Your main character is your reader’s strongest connection to the emotions created by your story.  Your job as a writer is to foster this connection by helping your readers…

Writing Human Heroes: Weaknesses and Flaws

Writing Human Heroes: Weaknesses and Flaws

We’ve all read that one story with the perfect main character who accomplishes everything he sets out to do and has a knack for overcoming obstacles on his first…

Character Masks

Character Masks

Character masks are an essential partof character development.  Masks represent another layer of your character’s depth, and will help endear you characters to your readers. What are Masks? Much…