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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]