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Character Interview


There is really no right way to do it. You don’t even have to do it. It all depends on whether you want to plan beforehand and whether you’re struggling to fully understand your character.

A lot of the following fields don’t have to be filled in, just think about it. For example, the number of siblings – if you know it’s two, then that’s fine, no need to write it for the sake of it. Some of these things may not even be relevant to you, it really depends on the story, so be selective.

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Creating Compelling Characters


This is a big one. A lot of writers worry about making their characters too perfect, too boring, too one dimensional, or a Mary Sue or Gary Stu.

A Mary Sue or Gary Stu can be defined as a character who has a lack of flaws (‘seemingly perfect’), a manifestation of the authors ideals, has implausible talents and liked by all other characters in a story.

There are many a ways to avoid creating such a character: Read more…

Your Character’s Novel Worthiness


Any character in your story is there to serve a purpose. It could be:

  • To make the story world look more realistic
  • To add emotion
  • To give a clue
  • To add humour
  • To help the main character/To oppose the main character
  • To add conflict
Kurt Vonnegut wrote, ‘Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.’

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