Writing Trauma so Your Characters Lead Your Story

Have you ever sat back after writing and realized you don’t remember the hours passing? The characters had been leading themselves and may have changed where the plot was going. You might have to rewrite the ending but—oh this is going to be so much better now. I crave that feeling. By having a fully…

What Makes a Powerful Antagonist?

There has been an influx of underdeveloped antagonists in our current society. Between TV, movies, books, and (the main culprit) video games, villain characters have become inhuman and unrealistic. The reason behind this shift is the overwhelming increase in violence and a need to justify it. If the enemy is faceless, nameless and has a…

The One Thing All Writers Forget About When Creating Characters and Plots

What’s the difference between a page turner and a book you never finish? Well aside from the way it’s written and what the book is about, there’s one major difference you’ve probably never noticed. Does the character interact with the plot or do they shape it? I’m willing to argue that this one wording difference…

The Six Types of Characters

There are many types of main characters across all types of media. As humans, we love to connect and empathize with our main characters so they need to be as deep and complex as we are. But when you look at all characters more generally I believe you can break them down into five different classes based…