Is your main character always an aspect of yourself – in other words, are your characters just you? I’m not talking about Mary Sue characters – those are bad through and through. What about your characters that are well written – … Continue reading Are your characters always you?
Thanet, and particularly Ramsgate, owes some of its heritage to the local Jewish community. Most prominent of these influences is Sir Moses Montefiore who is the namesake of parts of Ramsgate. Sir Moses Montefiore has his links to literature too, being mentioned in Charles Dickens’ … Continue reading Writers Explore: Writing a Jewish character
When you get into writing stories, sooner or later people come along that try to fill your head with all sorts of nonsense about what every story “needs”. Most of the time, they are well-intentioned but wrong. You may have … Continue reading The basics of every story ever
Crafting a unique character with an interesting character backstory is quite easy – all you need to do is ask yourself the right questions. I wrote on my own blog that running an RPG game is very similar to writing … Continue reading Crafting a character backstory like an RPG player
I have to confess that I struggle with creating a vivid sense of place sometimes. Usually when the setting is relatively mundane – some town, some house, someone’s back garden. To help me overcome this weakness, I’ve looked at what the … Continue reading Writing a sense of place according to the Internet
If you are looking for an audience for your stories you could do a lot better than targeting white able-bodied blokes. That market is already saturated. There are a lot of people hoping to read about people like themselves. You … Continue reading Why we need to write fewer white male protagonists
Female characters. For whatever reason, they do not get the same page time as their male counterparts. There are no good reason for it aside from perhaps a lack of understanding of how to write a compelling female character. Following … Continue reading How to write interesting and compelling female characters