Posts Tagged ‘ character development ’

Character Hangouts: #Preptober, Day 15

As we finish up with our character development prompts, today's focus is on your character's favorite hangouts. That's right: it's time to start thinking about your setting! Hangouts are a good place to start, when trying to situate your characters in their world. These could be real-life locations, or entirely fictional places, depending on your story. I like to create fictional Continue Reading...

Character Path: #Preptober, Day 14

Happy Birthday to me! Yep, today's my big day, and I'm using it to keep on prepping away. I'm also doing a little giveaway to celebrate, so if you'd like a free copy of my book, NaNoWriMo: A Cheater's Guide, just click here and use coupon code BQ85L. But back to Preptober! Today is all about your MC's current path. What on earth do I mean by that? Yesterday we talked about backstory, Continue Reading...

Character Backstory: #Preptober, Day 13

Happy Friday the 13th! Don't let your superstitions get the better of you today, because it's time to talk about your character's backstory. First of all, what is backstory? Basically, it's everything that happened in your character's past. That means EVERYTHING. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the downright fugly. The stuff they've lived through, the circumstances they've dealt with, Continue Reading...

Character Family: #Preptober, Day 12

Family members are an important part of any story. Even if they're absent, long dead, or unresponsive, our family helps shape us as people. So why would it be any different for fictional characters? As Flannery O'Connor once observed: "Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days." Almost everything we say or do can be traced, Continue Reading...

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...