Building Blocks of Character, part 2

This is the second installment of a two-part series on creating strong characters, based on principles discussed in the The Art of Character by David Corbett. Part one focused on: Sources for character inspiration; The protagonist’s driving need or end goal; and Using our own emotional lives to better understand our characters. Now, in part … Continue reading Building Blocks of Character, part 2

Character Authenticity: How to Nail Shut the Trap Doors in Your Story

Lack of character authenticity is the trap door of the literary world. Readers can be skipping along, humming cheerfully to themselves as they explore a lovely story and then whoosh! Down they go. Because a character did something inauthentic. Because suddenly, NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANYMORE. You can have the most FLAWLESSLY crafted plotline in the whole history of bloody … Continue reading Character Authenticity: How to Nail Shut the Trap Doors in Your Story