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Character Job: #Preptober, Day 7

It's day 7 of Preptober, and high time your character got a JOB! Or maybe not? My MC, for instance, is a ninja. That could be considered a job, I suppose. But she's only 13, so technically it's more of a way of life. Her parents are both ninja as well. (And please note: The plural of ninja IS ninja!) They've been teaching her all sorts of crazy stuff that most normal kids don't learn in Continue Reading...

Character Skills: #Preptober, Day 6

It's day 6 of Preptober, and I'm here to talk about Skills. What kinds of skills does your character have? As Napoleon Dynamite observes: "Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. You know, like nunchuck skills, bow-hunting skills, computer hacking skills." My MC, Ara, is a ninja. So she's definitely got nunchuck skills covered. She's also pretty handy with a katana, and can Continue Reading...

Character Tools: #Preptober, Day 5

Let's talk about tools. Equipment. Maybe even weapons. What kinds of stuff does your character carry around on a daily basis? Think about Harriet the Spy: she's got a whole mess of spy gear, all clamped onto a belt. She carries her notebook and a pen, obviously, along with a flashlight, a yo-yo (to make adults think she's just playing, and not spying on them), and a special outfit she wears on Continue Reading...

Character Speech: #Preptober, Day 4

Today, let's talk about how your character talks. Speech is important. It not only expresses what a character is thinking, but it also gives you insight into what this character is really like, based on their word choices, regional dialect and rhythms. Beginning writers often make all of their characters sound the same. Why? Because they're all just variations on the writer who created Continue Reading...

Character Style: #Preptober, Day 3

Character Style. What is it, and why should we care? A character's style is all about how they carry themselves in the world. How they dress, how they speak, and how they act. Let's start off with the easy stuff: What kinds of clothes do they wear? Are they minimalists, wearing the same t-shirt and jeans everyday, or do they like to get fancy, experiment with fashion, wear something new Continue Reading...