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Unlikeable Characters

What’s the one thing that is most likely to make a reader discard a book without finishing it? An unlikeable character. This was brought home to me forcibly last week, when I had to read a book ready for discussion at a book club meeting. This was the very first...

Effective Character Description Part 2

When you’re looking out at the world through the eyes of the scene’s viewpoint character, how do you show the reader what your character is like? You’ll be violating viewpoint if you suddenly step out of the character’s mind and look at her...

Character Motivation – Always Ask WHY

For many years, I’ve been a tutor for students undertaking courses in writing romance, crime or children’s stories. In that time, I’ve marked thousands of assignments. I’ve seen hundreds of plots, thousands of scenes, millions of words. And if...