Resource Spotlight: Character Building

Welcome to a new series of posts (and a series that isn’t being published on Mondays, at that!). This series is meant to highlight resources that I have come across and think would be helpful for any author. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will be sharing affiliate links through Amazon in most, if not all, of the posts in this series. These posts will coincide with my posts on writing tips that come out on Mondays, so if I have not covered an element of writing on Monday, it is not likely that there will be a resource post on Wednesday. This week, I talked a bit about creating characters for your writing. I have a couple of books I want to put before you. The first is The Writer’s Digest Sourcebook for Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon. This has been my go-to book for character creation. There is … Keep reading!

He’s quite a character…

Stories involve people, and good stories are filled with believable characters. These characters might spring forth from your mind in some form, but I find that taking those raw ideas and carefully expanding on them is the best way to make them come alive. You do not necessarily need to flesh out every last detail about each main character, and secondary, tertiary, or lower characters probably will not need much time to put together. I would not say to spend so much time on character development that you have no time left to actually write your story, but laying a little groundwork at the beginning should save you a lot of time down the road. One thing about character building, especially for your main characters, is that you will end up with more information than will actually be expressed in the story. My preference is to create a mini-bio of my primary … Keep reading!