The day after I wrote my Ten Questions for Characters post I had a discord conversation about a question asked in the #writerspatch twitter chat on Sunday, Jan 13: "Does relatability to the reader make a character more believable?" And sure, the answer is obviously yes. But where's the rest of the owl? How do… Continue reading What Makes a Hyper-competent Character Relatable?
Some people have long and detailed lists of questions they answer for their characters, right down to what they carry around in their pockets. Others simply have characters appear to them, fully formed, ready to live the story from the beginning. I think I have a little bit of the latter, in that characters just… Continue reading Ten Questions I Ask New Characters – And Why I’m Asking
Sometimes people look at my process and say, "that's so organized, I have no idea how you do this in such a tidy way, I could never do that. How do you do it so neatly?" The answer is that I don't try, at first. That organization is the last thing I do, not the… Continue reading How I Abandon Organization While Planning a Novel