Neigh is for Horses, Not Writers

I read a lot of craft books for this site.  Quite often, within the first few pages, the writing guru lays out for me and all other aspiring authors Continue reading

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Character Introductions: Characterizing from the get-go

A character’s first appearance in a story is a big opportunity to characterize.  Here are several ways to fulfill its potential. Continue reading

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Character Tags: In our own work

If you’ve got lots of characters in your story or just have characters who leave the page for a while–or, you know, just have characters–it’s nice to remind readers who these people are.  Enter character tags.  Continue reading

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Introducing the WritesWithTools.com Newsletter and a FREE, 19-page Character Development Workbook

Hello, People!

We started a newsletter. It’s a monthly-to-quarterly-ish newsletter, a way to check in with you, give you updates, and send you free worksheets and whatnot. Continue reading

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Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them

We’re looking at character tags.  Here’s how some of the master story tellers help us remember who their characters are. Continue reading

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Character Tags: What are they?

Tags, markers, labels, traits. The craft masters have a lot of words for the details that help readers identify and distinguish the characters in a story.

Here are 6 character aspects that you can mine for tags and 5 ways to put those tags to work. Continue reading

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Forging the Reader-Character Bond: In our own work

Forging the Reader-Character Bond.  It’s easier than you might think, and the results are well worth the effort.  Especially if you can dig deep and come up with ways to demonstrate sympathy, jeopardy, etc. that are tailor-made for your specific character, in his specific story world. Continue reading

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The Reader-Character Bond: How the masters do it

This week, we’re learning how to forge the reader-character bond.  Here’s how the masters do it: Continue reading

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The Character Identification Bond: 9 Ways to Create It

As Steven James says, “If readers don’t care about your protagonist, they won’t care about your story.”

This readers caring about your protagonist business is known as the reader-character bond, character likability, and character identification. If you want your readers to care about your story enough to finish it, then you’ve got to know how to forge this bond. Here are 9 ways to do so. Tweet this Continue reading

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Creating Three-Dimensional Characters: In Our Own Work

It’s Three-Dimensional Characters week.  Let’s see if we can flesh out our characters with backstory and description, internal depth, defining choices and actions, and a future to anticipate or dread. Continue reading

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