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How to Figure Out the Worst Thing That Can Happen to Your Character. This week’s video examines the advice to “think of the worst thing that can happen to your character, then make it worse.”

How to Figure Out the Worst Thing That Can Happen to Your Character

Writers are always being told to think of the worst thing that could happen to their characters—and then to make it worse. Being something of a literalist, the first time I heard that, my original thought was something like, The worst thing? You mean like kill him? With maybe a few interpretative exceptions, death is pretty much the worst thing that can happen to any of us. But if every author took that advice literally, every story would have to end abruptly with the death of its main character. Pin by Dan Koboldt on Writing & Authorship. Writing & Authorship on Pinterest. What Jane Eyre Can Teach You About Mind-Blowing Heroines. What Jane Eyre Can Teach You About Mind-Blowing Heroines How to craft a three-dimensional, empowered, compelling heroine?

What Jane Eyre Can Teach You About Mind-Blowing Heroines

It’s a buzzing question, even among female authors. The Bechdel Test, which slaps the sexist label on any story that fails to feature at least two female characters discussing something other than a man, continues to be a hot topic. Baby Names at 638 Primary Personality Traits.

How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act. Next to the positive change arc, the flat character arc is the most popular storyline.

How to Write a Flat Character Arc, Pt. 1: The First Act

Also called the “testing arc,” the flat arc is about a character who does not change. He already has the Truth figured out in the beginning of the story, and he uses that Truth to help him overcome various external tests. Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes. People hate change.

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

We may sit around and wish our lives were different, but when the rubber really starts streaking the tarmac, we usually find ourselves wishing we could just hang out here in our safe and familiar haunts. Characters are no different. They resist change just as staunchly as any of us—which is a good thing. Out of resistance comes conflict; out of conflict comes plot.

This is just the first of many ways in which plot and character arcs are inextricable from one another. A good way to conceive of movie stories, like Die Hard and Love, Actually, is to think of the visible story as the metaphor for the invisible story. In other words, the plot is all about the character’s inner journey, whether the connection is immediately evident or not. How to Make Characters Vulnerable to Readers. Most tips for creating sympathetic characters point out that our characters need flaws.

How to Make Characters Vulnerable to Readers

And that’s very true. But it can be a real trick to show flaws for characters who bottle up their emotions in an attempt to hide their weaknesses. While very common, that defense mechanism can leave very little for us, as authors, to show. 5 Tips on How to Write From the Opposite Gender. 6 Key Things to Consider When Developing Characters. By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund I have to admit, I don’t write (or often read) character driven stories.

6 Key Things to Consider When Developing Characters

My books are full of action and drama and are primarily plot-driven. But, that doesn’t mean I neglect my characters. In fact, I'm currently in the pre-planning stage for a couple different books. And one of the most important parts of my pre-writing process is developing my characters. I find this time of getting to know my characters one of the most delightful aspects of the entire writing process. Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act. The First Act is one of my favorite parts of any story.

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Why? On the surface, the First Act seems to be the slowest part of the story—and it often is. Character Archetypes. 123 Ideas for Character Flaws) Character archetypes. 3 Steps to Writing a Novel with Unforgettable Characters. Character development is one of the first essential steps of writing a novel and it involves creating the people who will carry out your story.

3 Steps to Writing a Novel with Unforgettable Characters

There will most likely be a variety of characters needed for your story, but none as important as your lead character – your protagonist. A well-developed protagonist has much to do with the success of writing a novel. Serendipity. Random Name Generator. Traits of Human Consciousness. Several Steps Further:

Traits of Human Consciousness

Character Chart for Fiction Writers - If you're a fiction writer -- whether you're working on a novel, short story, screenplay, television series, play, web series, webserial, or blog-based fiction -- your characters should come alive for your reader or audience. The highly detailed chart below will help writers develop fictional characters who are believable, captivating, and unique. Print this page to complete the form for each main character you create. Exercises for Fiction Writers - Page 2. Creative Writing Prompts: Secrets and Lies for Your Characters.

Nothing is better (or more fun for the writer) than a story-relevant secret or lie. Give some dilemma beneath the surface story to give your character depth, add suspense and tension, and keep your reader turning the pages. You can drop hints throughout your writing and when the reveal comes—you will surprise, shock, and delight your reader. Creating a character with a strong internal conflict, secret, or burden makes for one compelling read! (To see more on writing a compelling protagonist, check out The Compelling Protagonist Part 1 and Compelling Protagonist Part 2.) It’s vital to have conflict in every scene, and when the action is quiet in your book, internal conflict will keep a reader turning the pages.

Below are writing prompts to help you find some ideas for internal secrets, lies (and therefore conflict) for your characters. 25 Things You Should Know About Character. Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series: 25 Things Every Writer Should Know 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling And now… Here you’ll find the many things I believe — at this moment! — about characters: 1. Without character, you have nothing. 2. A great character can be the line between narrative life and story death. 8 Ways to be UBER Charismatic. What did JFK, Marilyn Monroe and Hitler all have in common? They were all renowned charismatics that lit up every room they entered. You’ve most likely met one of these kinds before. The guy/girl at the party. They possess some strange quality that causes them to be liked by everyone and constantly at the center of attention.

Their eyes and the way they carry themselves convey power and magnetism and you can’t quite figure out why. Her majesty helps. What If Your Characters Don't Want Anything? Problem: I tend to view all people as passive non-entities who drift through the world while things happen to them. This is the biggest reason why I've never been successful in writing. To me, that's how the world works. People, as a rule, are incredibly boring. Occasionally, they're part of something interesting- which is how what little professional writing I've done works. I turn user submitted real-life IT horror stories into comic fiction, which basically boils down to distilling the submitter's rambling tale into a four-act play- exposition, escalation, turn and punchline. For nine-hundred words, that works pretty well.

Character Trait Cheat Sheet - Kris Noel. In order to create a relatable character, you must think about them as having several layers. Knowing and choosing character traits is important because you don’t want them to be one dimensional. It’s all not as simple as saying “this person is mean” or “this person is kind”. Think about the people you know in real life. They all have some sort of defining trait that makes them different from everyone else.

Untitled Document - charchart.pdf. Character Questionnaires - Get to Know Your Characters. Receive more writing tips and advice (along with special offers and other Gotham news). One of the best ways to get to know your characters is to ask questions about them. Many writers do this as a kind of homework before they actually start writing a story. Character Qualities. 100 Character Development Questions for Writers. Character Creation Made Easy, Pick a Personality-Method 6-MBTI Profiles.