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Character First Impressions: #Preptober, Day 9

Today, let's talk about the kind of first impressions your character makes. They say you only have one chance at a first impression, which is a bit of a tautology. Nevertheless, it's true that first impressions can be hard to shake. What kind of first impression does your MC give readers? When we first meet your character, on page one, what are they doing? Are they doing something they Continue Reading...

Character Mood: #Preptober, Day 8

Today, let's talk about your character's mood. Actually, characters typically have many moods. But first let's talk about their baseline. What kind of a person is your character, in general? Optimist? Pessimist? Realist? Is the glass half empty, half full, or just a tasty glass of their favorite beverage and enough with the philosophy already? Mood can be tricky to pin down. Mood can also Continue Reading...

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...