Know Your Characters

Characters are the lifeblood the story. You can fabricate a setting that lives and breathes, but without characters to thrive in it, you do not have a story. Characters without characterization are all but useless. Don’t get me wrong: they can still carry out all the actions the story requires, bringing it from beginning to … Continue reading Know Your Characters

How I Make Characters

I come up with characters quickly. By the time I’ve imagined them, I usually know the main premise of their personality and what I hope to accomplish with them. But there is more I need to know about a character than looks and main personality traits. Here is how I flesh them out into people … Continue reading How I Make Characters

My Favorite Fictional Characters

For me, characters make the story. Needless to say, I'm a big fan of character-driven plot. Here's a list of some of my fictional homies: Wolf Larsen Wolf is the captain of the Sea Wolf, the boat in the novel ...Sea Wolf. He's masculine, tough, and almost a little animal in his nature. His simple, … Continue reading My Favorite Fictional Characters

Writing the Opposite Sex

I want to make clear my opinion before I get into the meat of this post: I almost always write about the opposite sex. (So, men.) I don’t know why. I’d just rather. So obviously, I think you should write about who-the-fuck-ever you want. You’ll run into plenty of people who think otherwise. In my … Continue reading Writing the Opposite Sex

On Writing Characters People Give a Shit About

It doesn't always take much to get a reader to root for a character. You can start a story with a guy running, and as long as he's just enough of an underdog (being chased by something ferocious, or multiple people, perhaps), the reader immediately wants him to make it out alive. But once he … Continue reading On Writing Characters People Give a Shit About

Self-Insert Characters

First of all, I want to thank you guys for following this blog. I've hit the 50 follower milestone! Please let me know what you do and don't like. This blog is still fresh and new and defining itself, but that's a lot easier with input from followers and viewers. That said, on to the … Continue reading Self-Insert Characters