This is a continuation of last week’s post:
26 Ways to Write Likable, Sympathetic Characters, Part 1.
Before we get back to the list, I want to cover a topic every writer needs to understand:
The Importance of Instantly Sympathetic Characters
Here’s what I imagine “slush piles” look like:
In the back at every publishing organization, there is an unmarked door. No need for a “Keep Out” or “Do Not Disturb” sign, because any hapless creature who walks by is yanked inside, and put to work:
Continue reading 26 Ways to Write “Instantly Likable” Characters (Part 2)
Characters with Powerful Motivations will steal your clock.
- They’ll reach up
- pull it off the wall
- and smash it.
When you can write a character with a strong motivation, you will steal hours away from your readers…
…and take them on exciting, emotional journeys that they will never forget.
Ready to see how it’s done?
These are the seven secrets to writing powerful character motivations:
Continue reading 7 Secrets to Powerful Character Motives
He was weak…
…because he had no history.
It took me seventeen rewrites (and one editor) before this dawned on me.
The reason my readers could not get immersed in my story – was because my main character had a weak backstory.
I could tell you everything about him…
- The shape of his face
- His most powerful values
- How much money he had in his pocket
But without a backstory, this character was dragging down the entire story. Let me show you how to fix this problem:
Continue reading How to Write the Perfect Backstory for Any Character
If you are a writer, then you are a whole thesaurus of other things too.You are an artist, an architect, a dreamer, a tactician, a politician, an anthropologist, a historian, the list continues.
Today, none of these roles are your concern, because today, you are a psychologist.
As a writer, you should be obsessed with human behavior, because human behavior is what will drive your characters:
- Why do people do things?
- What would make someone act a certain way?
- Why do these people want this, and what are they willing to do for it?
- What would change their minds?
By now, you know that motivations are important, but what else is there to creating a good character? How do professional writers do it? How badly do you want to do some homework?
Don’t answer that last one. Let’s get into two different techniques that are going to help you improve your characters:
Continue reading How Strangers Can Inspire Your Characters