Seven Common Problems Writers Have With Characters

Seven Common Problems Writers Have With Characters

Most writers love creating characters and writing about them – but it can be a struggle to get characters right. If you’re normally quite plot-focused, you might find yourself creating characters who are lifeless “pegs” that fit into the right-shaped spaces in your...
Making Bad Things Happen to Good Characters

Making Bad Things Happen to Good Characters

This post was first published in August 2015, and updated in April 2019. Kudos to LycoRogue for inspiring it. Do you have a hard time hurting your characters? Maybe it’s pretty easy with some of them. (For me, villains are fair game, and Woobies seem to invite a fair...
Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Five Different Approaches to Developing Characters

Whether you consider plot to be more important than character or you believe they’re just two sides of the same coin, it’s clear that character matters. Readers want characters who are engaging and interesting: characters who seem real. Novelists often talk about...
Eight Easy(ish) Ways to Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

Eight Easy(ish) Ways to Finish the First Draft of Your Novel

I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month – maybe you are too? (For the uninitiated, “NaNoWriMo” stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November, where people all over the world try to write a 50,000 word novel in a month.) This is the eight book-length piece...
The Two Scenes in Your Novel That Will Need the Most Rewriting

The Two Scenes in Your Novel That Will Need the Most Rewriting

Novels are tricky. There’s so much to juggle that no-one gets it quite right the first time round … and most authors end up doing wholesale rewrites, rather than just making a few editorial tweaks. I’ve come to accept that rewriting is just part of the process of...