If you write fiction, then creating characters is a must-learn skill. Today I talk to Jen Blood about creating memorable characters.
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Jen Blood is the author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries and a phenomenal editor at AdianEditing.com. Her first non-fiction book, The 5 Day Fiction Fix: Creating complex characters, is out now.
- On Jen's new book about creating complex characters.
- On what constitutes a character and ways to make readers care about characters.
- The way that interaction with secondary characters informs readers about the central character.
- How Jen prepares to write her own fictional characters and the dividing line between what readers need to know and what they don't.
- Tips for describing a character if you're writing from first person point of view.
- On character arcs and how important they are.
- Realistic character motivation and approaching big subjects from a very individual point of view.
- How to make our writing more emotional while being appropriate for your genre and your characters.
- Some definitions of character types and what secondary characters are there for.
- The most common mistake writers make with character.