Heart Your Character

Heart Your Character

Your character is the heart of your story. No other story element has the power of character to turn readers into fans. Make sure you treat your characters well. This week I’m beginning a new project. A foray into video with the Word Essential 60-Second Writing...
Character Arc Confusion

Character Arc Confusion

What is a character arc? What does it mean to make your character a different person at the end of the story than he was at the beginning? Read on.

Building Protagonists, part 2

Building Protagonists, part 2

Read Part 1 of this post, “Develop Your Protagonist’s Flaws,” here. I’m going to continue discussing your protagonist, because one of my readers, Julia, had good follow-up questions. Whether you’re considering your protagonist’s strengths...
Develop Your Protagonist’s Flaws

Develop Your Protagonist’s Flaws

I was recently asked, “How do you choose and create a protagonist’s flaws?” Simple. The same way you choose and create your own flaws. What? You didn’t choose your flaws? You’d rather not have them? Before you declare me a smartass, that’s a clue to the how part...

The Necessity of Character Arc

In any story, the main character needs character arc; that is, he has to change. This weekend I saw the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. I enjoyed the cinematic material, the visuals and soundtrack, for instance. I thought the characters were well-acted. I...

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