• Craft,  Work-In-Progress

    Top 10 Things To Give Your Characters That Will Make Them More Vivid

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Forget about hair color and broad shoulders and kissable lips. The best stories have characters  that are complex,  well drawn and have such interesting inner and outer struggles that readers can’t help but be fascinated by them. There are hundreds of ways to develop character, from figuring out their favorite ice cream flavors to starting with an archetype and building on it. This is just one little list to set you thinking.  If you only manage a couple of these, your characters will be more vivid, more interesting and strong enough to carry a reader through your story. 1. Give them a secret that…

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    Top 10 Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    If we’re creating the right kinds of characters, they will feel like real people. They would have a clear description, a consistent personality, strong objectives, bad habits and body odor. But where do we start when it comes to creating them? I don’t think there is one right answer. But if you’re looking for inspiration, or you want a clearer picture, consider this list: Top Ten Ways To Find Inspiration For Your Main Character 1. Pick an Archetype In the beginning of your creation consider looking at basic tropes often used in fiction.The archetypes are generally defined by their role and their basic reaction to the story. You know these. You’ve recognized…