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Guest Post: Creating Characters with Mental Illness
Image For Authors,Writing Advice Amanda Hester

We are happy to share our space with a guest writer this week. As we have discussed before, character development is a fundamental part of story writing. Nicole Mackey joins us to discuss the ins and outs of including mental illness in our writing in a way that touches on the reality without sidelining the

How to Build Complex Characters Using the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Image For Authors,Writing,Writing Advice Phoebe Darqueling

There are many ways to create characters. You could read tips on creating well-rounded characters or consult this infographic on how to achieve “epicness.” When it comes to defining intelligences and personality, some people like to use personality tests to find out more about the people who populate their fictional worlds. The Theory of Multiple

Using Psychology to Research a Character: Testing
Image For Authors,Writing Advice Nancy E Miller

Want to know your spirit animal? There’s a test for that. In fact, there is a test for just about anything you want to know. Most of us know the ones on Facebook are just for entertainment but some are valid tools used in psychology to help people better understand themselves. But what about personalities?

Understanding Static Characters
Image For Authors,Special Feature,Writing Advice Paul Davis

Most of this month has been focused on character development. One of the greatest forms of character development is a lack of any development at all: The static character. This is not a flat character, a character which lacks interesting traits and therefore remains the same. This is a character that, when given the chance

Character Development Through Obscure Dynamics
Image For Authors,Writing Advice Tiffany Woodbeck

The power of a good dynamic—it’s what propels a character arc forward. A strong dynamic can captivate a reader. These are incredibly complex, shifting from positive, to negative, to neutral, and back again. The most notable form is between a protagonist and antagonist as well as the main character and supporting characters. There are those

Show Vs Tell Character Description by Emma T. Gitani
Image For Authors,OWS Features,Special Feature Emma T. Gitani

We’ve all heard these expressions. Show don’t tell. Give meaningful description but don’t make  a laundry list. The example below takes on showing character description without creating a laundry list. Laundry List Example: Matt started magic school two weeks ago, and he watched the girl who sat at his lunch table. She was skinny and

A Male Perspective on Writing Strong, Heroic Female Characters
Image For Authors,Writing Advice David Wiley

“So, why do you write these strong female characters? Because you’re still asking me that question.” [Equality Now speech, May 15, 2006]” ― Joss Whedon That quote from Joss Whedon has stood out in my mind for years, ever since I first heard it. The fact that it was a question being asked, not just

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