Here's how to raise the stakes in your story by laying the burden of responsibility upon your characters for the tragedies that befall them.

Raise the Stakes in Your Story. When you fail to make your character responsible for the story’s consequences, he becomes little more than a bland victim, and you fail to raise the stakes in your story.

It's like giving your characters a goal, and then placing blocks in their path to kep them from achieving their goals.  without it, your story 'saps'

Is your story dragging? Learn 5 strategies for increasing your story's tension to keep readers flying through the pages!

Character-creation questions that actually MATTER (instead of trivia such as, "What's their favorite color?" or, "What was their high school mascot?")

Character-creation questions that actually MATTER (instead of trivia such as, "What's their favorite color?" or, "What was their high school mascot?

Also keep in mind what they fear and value. Have them lose what they loved most and be overpowered by the thing they feared most

Make the book sum up. And then on the last page kill the most lovable character by the main protagonist and the protagonist likes it. How to make a characters death sadder

This infographic gives brief summaries of the 12 Jungian personality archetypes, for use when building charcaters. As with any writing tools, archetypes are really most useful if you think of them as a starying block - you cannot simply reduce people to 12 options.   Most people will show traits from multiple categories. As a writer, you may want to think about each character's primary and secondary archetypes.  As always, remember: Tools, not rules!

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This infographic gives brief summaries of the 12 Jungian personality archetypes, for use when building charcaters. As with any writing tools, archetypes are really most useful if you think of them as a starying block - you cannot simply reduce people to 1

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reflectionofthemind: “ Warning: You may encounter some opinions. Writing Myth: You have to start your story off in the middle of the action, or “In medias res”. It is said (as I have heard fro

Have the first name down but can't quite figure out what your character's last name should be? Here are thousands of surname choices for your #NaNoWriMo characters! #writingtips #characters

loads of surnames! Census Bureau's List of Most Popular Surnames (and other Stats)/ *pins aggressively*

Don't write them as props for the main character's journey. They are people with their own goals, their own storylines, their own dreams.

Minor characters don't know they are minor characters. They can impact the story in a big way. [Rue, Thresh in HG. Hagrid, Luna, Peter P.

How to Create an Epic Character for your novel: this infographic lays out nine foundation blocks to help you get to know your character on an entirely new level.  Make sure to check out the workbook by clicking the pin if you want to delve into your character development in more detail! // Something Delicious

How to Create an Epic Character for your novel: this infographic lays out nine foundation blocks to help you get to know your character on an entirely new level. Make sure to check out the workbook by clicking the pin if you want to delve into your charac

Conflicting personalities - some/ most of these I have.

Conflicting personalities - some/ most of these I have.

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