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Character Flaws: #Preptober, Day 11

Character flaws – who needs 'em? You do! Or, rather, your character does. But why would you want to go and ruin a perfectly good character? Because that's what makes them interesting! Human beings, for better or for worse, all have flaws. Sometimes they're pretty obvious. Narcissists, for instance, are pretty easy to spot. (America's current President, for one ludicrously outsized Continue Reading...

Character Hobbies: #Preptober, Day 10

Let's talk about hobbies. Not yours, your character's! My character usually have really weird hobbies, because they're often things that sound interesting to me, but that I could never devote that much time to studying or training for in my real life. They're a chance for me to put my strange obsessions to good use, or to delve deeper into curiosities I've had for a while but never really Continue Reading...

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...