Creating Compelling Consequences for Characters

When you’re writing fiction and trying to make your reader care, creating consequences for characters is a part of that puzzle. Consequences for actions and ramifications of decisions are important to story stakes and tension, as well. This is one of those areas of the fiction craft where character and plot really intersect. For thoughts …

Complex Characters vs. Flip-Flopping Characters

One of my favorite things to talk about these days is building complex characters through character buy-in. It’s the idea of committing to the story during an inciting incident when your character decides, “Screw it, I’m all in, let’s see where this crazy adventure takes me.” It’s very important, especially in fantasy, action, paranormal, etc. stories …

Preaching in Picture Books: Writing Child Characters With Their Own Wisdom

Nobody wants to admit they’re preaching in picture books, but… Most people also start out wanting to write picture books and their idea has a point to it. Their child characters have to learn something. It’s usually a lesson about living that they’re eager to pass on to impressionable young minds. But writing child characters is a bit …

Creating Characters Through Meaningful Details

Writers, when you’re creating characters, leave out descriptions that don’t do anything to enhance my understanding of said characters. Let’s define details that enhance characterization, shall we? What Is Characterizing Detail? When an author is creating characters, these are the details that work on multiple levels to give me a deeper understanding of a character’s core identity, …

Immortality in Fiction and Writing Immortal Characters

“The Problem With Immortality in Fiction” doesn’t seem like a very real headline. The problem with immortality? What problem with immortality? I know that I, for one, would love to be immortal. *bares neck for any vampires that might happen by* But writing immortal characters has a few pitfalls. Read on. But in fiction, immortality …