Why “Red Queen” Wasn’t All That 

Under-developed characters: I felt that Mare Barrow (the main character) was very meh for me. She seemed bland and just an accessory for the story instead of a strong, developed, real character. I didn't care about her or her story. I didn't like her. And I just couldn't get into her person. In fact, I [...]

What Makes a Character Bad 

They make decisions that don't really make sense.  They're bad to be bad. They have no history. They don't want anything. There's nothing driving them forwards except you, the writer.  They're a meh character. Nothing about them is interesting. No one cares about them. They aren't realistic. Maybe they're perfect or never make mistakes or [...]

How to Create a Character Profile

Anyone who is serious about writing a story, especially one with a lot of characters, should know what a character profile is - and use them. Take my fantasy series, for example, there are over 160 main-ish characters throughout the 4 books. Yes, that many! In order to keep up, and know each of them [...]

Know the Whys of your Story 

You have a great story. It's full of Acton and drama and brilliant characters, right? Well if you don't know the whys behind all of that, then I'm sorry but you're story isn't really that good.  But don't fear! Here's some why questions to ask yourself in order to get started!  Why does your character [...]

How to Write Better Characters 

From our last post, you found out that the characters in your work need to be well thought through. But how do you actually make them real? How can you make them shine so that your readers truly engage with them? Well here's a few tips... Have them have many relationships (family, friends, partner, pets, [...]

Why Characters Matter 

Your characters are the ones running the story - not you. I'm sorry but your story is theirs, you can't always control what happens. Sometimes the characters need to decide for themselves. If your characters are real enough, that is... I've read books where you can definitely tell that the characters are simply tools for [...]