Archive | Character writing

Read Now Novel’s best character writing blog posts below. Learn how to create a cast for your story that is rich with bold personalities. The best stories make it easy for us to connect with characters and become invested in their story outcomes. Learn how to describe characters’ faces, postures, speech and more. You can also find helpful guides on creating conflict between characters, different kinds of relationships between members of the cast of your story and more.

How to describe a person - 7 tips

How to describe a person vividly: 7 tips

Learning how to describe a person so that the reader forms a vivid impression of your characters is essential for writing compelling stories. Read 7 tips for describing characters so they come to life: 1. Focus on details that reveal characters’ personalities and psychologies 2. Prioritize unique character features 3. Describe characters’ body language and […]

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Character relationships and tips for writing great character interactions

Character relationships: 6 tips for crafting real connections

Writing character relationships that make sense requires thinking about how relationships work. How and why do people interact in symbiotic or confrontational ways? Here are 6 tips for creating connected characters whose relationships are convincing: 1: Draw inspiration for characters’ relationships from real life Writing great relationships between characters requires being observant about relationships in your own life […]

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How to write accents and dialects- 6 tips

How to write accents and dialects: 6 tips

Learn how to write accents and dialects in your stories because it will help you write about crosscurrents between people and places. Regional dialects help to convey a sense of local character speech in stories. Dialect and accent as literary terms – definitions ‘Dialect’ is the language used by people of a specific region, class […]

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Plot vs character - Now Novel shares the pros of plot driven vs character driven novels

Plot vs character: What drives a great novel?

Choosing whether your novel will be plot driven or character driven is an important part of writing a novel. Plot vs character isn’t a simple choice, as each emphasis has its own benefits (and disadvantages if it is emphasized far more than the other). Read the pros and cons of each story type, followed by […]

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How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

How to start a story in first person: 8 pointers

  There is no single ‘right’ approach to how to start a story in first person. That being said, there are several ways to start a story using first person point of view and hook readers from the start. Here are 8 pointers for beginning a book in first person: 1: Perfect your character introductions: Make the […]

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Character development - how to develop characters

Character development: 9 tips for convincing arcs

Character development is crucial in stories exploring how people relate to each other and their environments. If all your characters stay unchanged, even through extreme circumstances, your novel can feel flat; two-dimensional. Developing your characters creates variety and makes characters vivid. Here are 9 steps to creating satisfying character arcs: 1: Summarise your character’s core goals […]

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Character motivations - how to write about characters' drives better

Character motivations: 7 tips for writing better portraits

Since our ‘140 characters’ writing contest is open for entry still (entries close May 2nd, 2016, at midnight), today’s post focuses on writing believable characters. Believable character motivations are at the heart of many great works of fiction. Whether the protagonist is spiraling into a life of addiction or embarking on a noble quest, past experiences and […]

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Novel characters - top tips

Novel characters: 15 top character creation tips

Great novel characters share common features: A distinct, authentic voice, character development, goals and motivations, strengths and flaws. Because we’re running our ‘140 characters’ extra short writing contest, we decided to share 15 of our top tips on creating characters from some of the best writing blogs and websites: 1: Novel characters need clear motivations that […]

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