Character development is critical for an easy to read book. I absolutely love building my characters.
I always think of which celebrity I think most looks like my character… And I use Pinterest a lot to just pin what I see in my minds eye based on the characters essence. I’m so finicky about my characters 😀😀😀 sometimes it’s scary. I build extensive profiles going as detailed as to what elementary school they went to. I wrote a blog post on how to do this. Part of the Family details the process I use to build my characters..
How do you build your characters? Drop me a comment let me know.
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It’s simple. For your reader to care about anything you write, you gotta make them. And yes, that goes for the antagonist too.
Take me as your reader for example, the protagonist, I got it..you will make them so likable and have this deep emotional story that I will feel bad for them and root for them. But what about your antagonist? If I can’t understand him/her or why his/her plight is important to them, the book will put me to sleep immediately.
In my books, especially When You Let Go and Anchored By Love I had some female antagonist that my readers still want to hear from. They feel empathy toward them, why? Because I made them care about these characters.
To make a memorable, believable villain, you the writer must make the reader believe in the antagonist twisted sense of reasoning. Show the reader that to the villain(antagonist) their actions make perfect sense to them.
Got questions for me? Drop them in the comments would love the hear from you.
It’s been a while I’ve done one of these. I’m gonna make an effort to be more consistent with my post on writing to offer encouragement. If you are not already, follow me on IG, I try and teach something new everyday.
If you’ve been part of my community for a while, you’ll know how strongly I feel about encouraging writers to just get to THE END. Anything that is on a paper can be fixed.
For me the most painful thing is the first draft and so I know that that is where you can get caught up or stuck.
My last book and my upcoming release took me a month each..4 weeks to get the first draft down. Years ago that would have taken me close to 12 weeks per manuscript, all because I kept fixing the manuscript instead of just getting to the END.
I live for rewrites, they are a beautiful thing. Wanna finish that book? Just get the story down.
Mine vice was always fixing the manuscript. What stops you from getting to the end? Drop me a comment let me know your thoughts. Also share you might be helping someone else in need.