Week 2 – Characters

Create Compelling Characters Okay, writers! Now that we’ve spent the last week getting READY for NaNo by focusing on getting our space and lives in order, it’s time to get our writing SET. Today, we’re going to be talking about Characters....

Character Types

Creating Compelling Characters Part One Character Types When speaking of Character Types, we are talking about 3 individual aspects: Character Arc Archetype Trope All three parts are crucial in understanding what Type of Character you are working with. So, let’s...

Character Features

Creating Compelling Characters Part Two Character Features The second aspect of character are the Character Features. This one is pretty easy. There are two kinds of Character Features: External Physical Features Internal Personality Quirk The key to using character...

Character Stakes

Creating Compelling Characters Part Six Character Stakes Our very last aspect of character is all about the Stakes. We always here about “raising the stakes,” but unless you know what stakes ARE, how do you know how to raise them? There are three kinds of Stakes...

Character Goals

Creating Compelling Characters Part Three Character Goals The third Aspect of Character are your character’s Goal. Goals can be broken into two categories: Internal What they want to do External What they need to do A character’s goals are intertwined with the two...

Character Wants vs Needs

Creating Compelling Characters Part Four Wants vs Needs On a similar note, this transitions well into the Fourth Aspect of Character: Wants vs Needs. Whatever your character WANTS has to be in opposition with what they NEED to do to accomplish the story’s goal. Every...