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The Best Character Template Masterlist for 2024

How can you ensure your characters leap off the page and into your characters hearts? Characters are the lifeblood of any story, and if you can work out how to create the kinds of characters that readers will love, then they will become lifelong devotees of your books. But how to do it? Do you…

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Guest Post: Enneagram vs. 16 Personalities in Character Building

Author Bio : Lisa Sparrow, an experienced psychology expert and University of Edinburgh alumna, brings a considerable amount of counseling knowledge and a deep fascination with the human psyche. With expertise in the 16 personality types, she has served as both a school counselor and researcher, guiding students through life’s challenges. As an experienced writer for…

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Proven Character Ideas You Can Use for Inspiration

Sometimes characters come to us fully formed, complete with desires, flaws and quirks. Other times, they may come to us as rough sketches, with a beating heart, but needing fleshing out. And sometimes the characters don’t want to come at all. They hide in the shadows, refusing to show themselves. In this article, we’re going to explore methods…

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5 Steps to Write a Compelling Character Arc

There are many aspects to writing a good novel: beautiful prose, exciting conflict, compelling themes – but there is probably little more important than the main character arc. Humans are drawn to stories because they resonate with our own lives and help us learn more about who we are. The best stories teach us how…

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How to write a great villain

How to Write a Good Villain Your Readers Will Love to Hate

There’s something delicious about writing a good villain – perhaps it’s about letting our dark side peek out, safe in the knowledge that it’s only fiction and nobody is really going to get hurt. But writing a good villain isn’t as easy as coming up with a good cackle and kicking a few puppies. That…

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Character Motivation: The Key to Creating Powerful Characters

There are many aspects to creating fictional characters which are important – backstory, flaws, quirks, and relationships, for example. But if you want to write stories that keep your readers gripped, then there’s one aspect of character creation you really need to make sure you understand and master. And that’s character motivation. Motivation is where…

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Character Empathy 101: 7 Techniques for Creating Empathetic Characters

Michael Hauge’s ‘Writing Screenplays that Sell’ The information and advice in this article are all based on ideas from Michael Hauge’s book Writing Screenplays that Sell. I highly recommend you buy that book and read it. As well as giving more detail about each of the ideas below, it covers many other areas relating to…

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What Is an Anti-Villain?

In a nutshell, an anti-villain is a character who plays the role of the antagonist in the story, but who does not have the typical traits associated with a villain. In this article, we’ll explore the concept of an anti-villian in literature in a lot more detail, including what defines one, and how to create…

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5 Signs Your Protagonist Just Isn’t Working

By Lewis Jorstad – Guest Post for The Novel Factory A compelling protagonist is a key part of writing a good novel. However, it’s also a tricky one. Protagonists carry a lot of responsibilities, from driving your plot to resolving your story’s conflict, shaping your reader’s experience, and more. A poorly written protagonist not only…

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What Is a Secondary Character and How Do You Use Them?

As authors, we rightfully spend a lot of time thinking about our primary or main characters – discovering what drives them, where they came from and where they fall short. But it’s a big mistake to spend all your time on your protagonist, and neglect your secondary characters. Secondary characters – also known as supporting…

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