Showing posts from May, 2014

A Secret to Writing Solid Characters

How to write solid characters has been a regular topic on my blog. Really, providing realistic characters is the key to hooking readers. Yes, of course, you need an intriguing plot, ideal pacing, and so on, but at the root of every book is its characters. Ernest Hemingway said, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master."  Are your characters real enough to pinch? Well, more recently I've discovered another means of creating characters my readers can pinch. The suggestion actually came from Katie Jennings—thank you, Katie! She’s uses this method. In fact, when I started looking at things this way, I realized I had already incorporated it into my characters without even knowing it. Still, it’s provided a means to ensure that my characters always stay true to who they are and it enables me to sharpen them. Using this method makes it possible to know how they are going to react in situations. It can tell you roughly what your c