character, General

Emotional Arcs

In every scene of your story, your characters should want something. What they want can vary wildly and often contradicts what other characters want. This is a part of creating conflict and tension. Today however, we’re talking a little bit about actions and reactions. More specifically, we’re discussing how emotional arcs work in scenes. With… Continue reading Emotional Arcs

writing

Character vs. Plot Driven

When it comes to moving your story forward there are usually two driving forces: plot and character. Because each one drives the events in a story a little differently, this gives us plot-driven and character driven stories. With plot-driven stories, the events drive each other forward. High taxes from the king cause a famine in… Continue reading Character vs. Plot Driven

character

Using Negative Traits for Arcs

Like real people, characters should have flaws. After all, Nobody is perfect and your characters need to be Somebody. Hence, they need to have flaws and negative traits to help balance out their strengths. Having a negative trait in their character also helps provide conflict and gives you as the writer a place to build… Continue reading Using Negative Traits for Arcs

Exercises

Excercise: The Main Character’s Reasoning

There's a reason why your Main Character is the Main Character. This might be because they have a particular skill or an emotionally compelling reason to be involved in the main conflict. As an exercise freewrite for ten minutes on why your Main Character is the main character of this story. Consider what about the conflict… Continue reading Excercise: The Main Character’s Reasoning

Exercises

Exercise: Support the Characters

Supporting characters fill in a variety of roles. They can be the love interest, the comedic relief, the sidekick and so many others. They don't just support your protagonist however, they also provide aid for your antagonist. Figuring out the reasons your supporting characters aid your heroes and villains helps flesh out their character as… Continue reading Exercise: Support the Characters