How to Get Your Characters Right As You Rewrite Your Novel

How to Get Your Characters Right As You Rewrite Your Novel

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When you’re reworking your first or second draft, you’ll likely be making some changes relating to your characters and their characterisation (how they come across on the page).

If you didn’t quite nail your characters’ personalities or their character arcs during the first draft … that’s totally normal!

Even if you spent time getting to know your characters before you began writing, your idea of them probably shifted a little (or maybe even a lot) during the writing process.

Perhaps a character who was once timid became unexpectedly bold, or a character who initially seemed like a total jerk had a tender side. Maybe the relationship between two characters shifted, too: they might have started out hostile but slowly become more friendly, and you want to nudge that dynamic one way or the other.

Getting characters right can be difficult, and a lot of writing advice out there around characters can be fairly general. 

Perhaps you’ve been told to consider “whether the characters convince” (Lynne Bryan) or that you should “create a multi-dimensional, round character with recognizable personality traits and quirks” (MasterClass).

This advice is fine as far as it goes … but you might find it helps to have some practical ways to make tweaks to your characterisation as you redraft.

Here are a few ideas and techniques that can help:

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Annual Writing Goal Progress in Q2, 2024 (Plus What’s New on Aliventures)

Annual Writing Goal Progress in Q2, 2024 (Plus What’s New on Aliventures)

We’re now halfway through 2024 … how’s the year been going for you so far?

I hope you’ve been able to get plenty of writing done and make the progress you’ve wanted, but even if that’s not been the case, you’ve still got six months left until the end of 2024 – plenty of time to make big strides towards your goals.

The last three months have involved a few ups and downs, but I’ve been broadly happy with my writing progress. 

I’ll run through how I’m getting on with my writing goals … and then I’ll share what’s been happening (and what’s coming up!) here on Aliventures.

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I’m Ali Luke, and I live in Leeds in the UK with my husband and two children. Aliventures is where I help you master the art, craft and business of writing.

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