How to Create a Character Profile To Write Believable Characters
Writing believable characters may not be easy, but it is important. Here, author Carly Schabowski shares the importance of writing believable characters in our stories as well as 19 questions for creating a character profile.
3 Tips for Crafting a Character That Can Carry a Series
From planting characteristics early on to understanding the expectations of your genre, author Mia P. Manansala shares 3 tips for crafting a character that can carry a series.
3 Tips for Writing a Love Story Featuring a Prickly and Pessimistic Heroine
Don't mistake prickly with unlovable. Here, author Denise Williams shares 3 tips for writing a love story with a prickly and pessimistic heroine.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Characters’ Desires
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is ignoring your characters’ desires.
7 Tips for Fictionalizing Real Historical Characters
When to retell history, when to imagine new scenarios, and who’s safe to use as a subject—author Gill Paul shares 7 tips for fictionalizing real historical characters.
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Understanding Point of View
The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not understanding point of view.
Mental Health in Storytelling: Creating Compelling Neurodiverse Protagonists
With a hope for their readers to find themselves among the pages, O.E. Tearmann shares their experience with writing compelling neurodiverse protagonists without succumbing to harmful stereotypes.
How I Made My Main Characters Grow in My Novel Series
Author Nekesa Afia shares how she went about growing her characters from the first to the second novel in her series. She picks four characters who appeared in both novels and (without spoilers) sheds light on how they've changed.
Writing Multigenerational Fiction: Lessons Learned
Award-winning novelist Robin Lee Hatcher shares her thoughts on how to write multigenerational historical fiction by focusing on the truths that remain constant through the ages.
Exploring the Lived Lives of Dual Cultural Identities in Fiction
It’s not enough to simply insert pieces of a character’s culture into parts of the story—it should be woven into the fabric of who they are. Here, author Namrata Patel shares how to explore the lived lives of dual cultural identities in fiction.
My Characters, My Patients: How Knowing Your Characters’ Health Helps You Write Their Stories
Author Karen Winn’s medical background offered her a deepened sense of empathy for the characters she wrote. Here, she discusses how knowing your characters' health helps to write their stories.
How To Go Beyond Blaming Mom for Everything (Or if You Do, at Least Make It Interesting)
Family relationships make for compelling stories with characters rich in nuance and personal history. Here, author Juliet Blackwell shares ways to explore the complexities of family in fiction.
8 Tips To Make an Unlikable Character Likable
Flaws in characters make them feel more real and authentic, but it’s important that their flaws don’t make readers root against them. Here, author Danielle Owen-Jones offers eight tips to help make an unlikable character likable.
3 Tips on How to Spark Romance in a Character Who Is Content With Being Single
Your characters can have their independence and their romantic endings, too. Here, author Bethany Turner shares 3 tips for sparking romance in a character who is content with being single.
Writing Real Relationships: 4 Strategies Starting With What You Know
Fleshing out character relationships can turn a good story into a great one. Here, Kris Spisak offers four strategies for writing real relationships between your characters.
For Better or Worse: Writing About Influence in Fiction
Influence and infatuation can make characters behave in surprising, and sometimes devastating, ways. Here, author Tara Isabella Burton discusses writing about influence in fiction.
5 Reasons for Characters to Hide and Then Confront Their Past
Everybody has secrets, so when do you reveal your character’s? Here, author Swan Huntley shares 5 reasons characters hide their past and when they should confront them.
Tapping Your Memories for Emotional Truths on the Page
Sharing even a fraction of our feelings with our characters will help our stories feel more authentic. Here, Kris Spisak explains how to tap into our memories to tell emotional truths on the page.