General fiction writing: characters


Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 1: Can You Structure Characters?

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 2: The Lie Your Character Believes

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 3: The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 4: Your Character’s Ghost

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

How Not to Develop Characters 101

Is a Quirk Just What Your Character Needs?

12 Tips on Creating an Engaging Flawed Hero

On Writing Strong (Female) Characters

How Are Your Characters WRONG?

Writing Characters That Are Smarter Than You

On Character Construction

How to Interview Your Character

Picking a Juicy Secret to Jazz Up Your Character

The Six Traits of Strong Characters

Are Blank Characters Too Blanking Blank?

Five Psychopathic Characters

Five Unrealistic Character Traits

15 Questions Authors Should Ask Characters

Why We Need “Ugly” Heroines

How to Write a Genius Character

Warning Signs! Your Character Is Acting Out of Character

25 Things About Creating Characters

The Ultimate Character Questionnaire

Talking about your character: Mannerisms

Top 5 Ways Writers Screw Up Their Characters

What if Your Antagonist Isn’t a Person?

The Path to Deepening Your Protagonist

“Strong Female” Fallacies

The Top 5 Female Character Stereotypes & 1 Tip To Avoid Them

How Not To Write Female Characters

Character Creation Sheet

Mary Sue, What Are You, or, Why the concept of Mary Sue is sexist

Should Writers Shy Away from Mentioning Skin Color?

100+ Questions to Help You Interview Your Character

The Universal Mary Sue Litmus Test

I still haven’t found a good article with advice to female authors on how to write male characters (the ones I’ve seen are offensively stereotyping, with nonsense such as ‘Men cannot multitask’ and ‘Men speak in short, simple sentences’), nor one on how to write a character who’s less intelligent than the author without that character coming off as a caricature. If anyone has recommendations, please share!


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