Learn how to create the perfect character motivation. Discover the three elements of character motivation, and how to use the 9 universal needs in writing.
What is a character foil? Find out what foil chararcters are and how writers use them. Examples of character foils from famous literature and Disney movies.
What do Clueless, Wonder Woman, and Game of Thrones have in common? Amazing character arcs! Learn the secrets of writing your own perfect character arc.
Learn how to fix your boring “Mary Sue” or “Gary Stu” characters with these six helpful tips on how to create an interesting and dynamic protagonist.
External conflict vs. internal conflict. Find out what both these terms mean and how to use them to bring your fictional characters to life!
Learn what makes a perfect dynamic hero, or villain, and what sets dynamic characters apart from the other main types of characters.
8 fiction- writing tips on how to create villains that will challange your protagonist and capture your readers’ imagination
In today’s popular culture we are awash with anti-heroes. You have your Walter White, your Tony Soprano, Dexter, Tyrion and Jaime, Bond, Bourne, Holmes, and Solo. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting an anti-hero. Now, I’m not complaining. I’ve espoused my love for anti-heroes on this very blog. Anti-heroes are great when we
Do you know what one of my greatest challenges as a writer is? Creating good, believable characters. When I began my writing journey, creating characters seemed simple enough. Make up a name. With me it was usually something stupid like “Deacon Devlin.” Then, tell the reader what this person looks like- He had dark hair,
This week I want to talk about anti-heroes. In this morally ambiguous time, it’s no longer popular to write about classic heroes who are purely good and righteous. I mean, where’s the fun in that? Gone are the days of swashbucklers like Ivanhoe and Robin Hood. Even the most recent incarnation of Superman has a