Today’s guest post is by Beth Barany. No matter if you’re a plot-driven or character-driven writer, your characters need to feel real so that your readers can connect with and care about them. If you’re pressed for time or just want to get to the essentials, I recommend these three essential characters tips. By no […]
What’s the easiest way to find your story’s theme—and make it stick? Although any discussion of theme is multi-faceted, one of the best ways to approach this complex topic is through the realization that you can use theme to create character arc—and vice versa. When asked to explain what a particular story is about, some […]
The post 5 Ways to Use Theme to Create Character Arc (and Vice Versa) appeared first on Helping Writers Become Authors.
Not too many years ago, I thought an accurately portrayed scene naturally caused readers to experience the emotions that the characters would logically feel in such situations. Not true! As Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi explain in The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression, we must take our innate skills of observation and […]
Being able to write realistic, consistent, multi-dimensional characters is vital to gaining reader interest. Doing so first requires we know a lot about who our characters are—you know, the obvious stuff: positive and negative traits, behavioral habits, desires, goals, and the like. But it’s not always the obvious parts of characterization that create the most […]