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.  A couple of weeks ago, we identified six or so ways to tag characters, and last week we learned … Continue reading Character Tags: In our own work

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. CHARACTER TAGS: WHAT ARE THEY? Jim Butcher says "TAGS are words you … Continue reading Character Tags: What are they?

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. That extra specificity might be a little harder and take … Continue reading Forging the Reader-Character Bond: In our own work

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. When we last left off, we were working on a human rights attorney story and a diamond bullets story. Many of the past Friday posts have … Continue reading Creating Three-Dimensional Characters: In Our Own Work

Antagonists: How to create a great one.

The masters use many names for antagonists, including nemesis, opponent and villain.  Here's what they have to say... WHAT'S AN ANTAGONIST? The antagonist, or Nemesis, "is the character who most stands in the way of the hero achieving his or her outer motivation," says Michael Hauge. John Truby agrees:  "The opponent is the character who … Continue reading Antagonists: How to create a great one.

Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: In our own stories

We're looking at the wants, needs, flaws, and symptoms of main characters this week.  Let's get to our own: 1. Our human-rights-attorney story: When the money runs out before the case against his transgender partner is over, a human rights lawyer joins a prestigious and wealthy law firm not knowing that the managing partner is the devil behind … Continue reading Want, Need, Flaw, Symptoms: In our own stories