January 17th, 2022

Want Your Characters to Stand Out? Give Them a Skill

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Angela Ackerman | Writing Craft

by Angela Ackerman

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One worry that can plague writers is whether their characters are original enough or not. After all, readers meet a lot of characters over time, so how can writers make sure their characters are fresh and interesting? How can they make sure their story’s cast has that WOW factor that ensures they stay with readers long after the book closes?… Read the post

November 17th, 2021

Lies, Secrets, and Scars Create Better Characters

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Writing Craft

by Lynette M. Burrows

Many writers spend days, weeks, months, even years creating characters using complex character profile worksheets. The best characters aren’t a collection of data points on a worksheet. Depending upon data points like the genre, physical attributes, favorite desert, or what he’s wearing may disrupt story flow even to the point of what many call writer’s block.… Read the post


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