Write Better, Right Now #11

Using character voice as exposition may seem like a simple technique, but more often than not, writers do this in a heavy-handed way. This leaves their dialogue stilted, dry, and an obvious story function that drains their prose. Blending story exposition and important story information allow you as the writer to keep your story engaging while feeding your reader what they need to know to stay grounded in your story and characters.

Write Better, Right Now #10

Once you've found your character's voice, how do you deepen it to make it memorable and engaging? This is the second biggest hurdle a lot of writers face. They've found that cool voice and they're like 'Great! I'm done.' But going the extra step to develop, deepen, and shape that voice around your story can create an even richer voice and engaging dialogue throughout your story.

Write Better, Right Now #8

When we're writing our stories, we make deliberate decisions related to not just the big story event elements but the smaller aspects story like characterization. How do we want our readers to see or know our characters?

Write Better, Right Now #7

The interior world of characters or their interiority is an important part of characterization. It gives the reader insight into who the character is when no one but the author is looking.

Write Better, Right Now #6

How our characters move through our stories is just as important as who they are within our stories. In fact, a character's actions and movements give the reader insight into who our characters are and so much more.

Write Better, Right Now #5

To kick our month of characterization off, I thought it'd be helpful to do our first topic on indirect and direct characterization—a common but often overlooked aspect of creating a character on the page. Many authors I work with rely on direct characterization to craft their characters on the page while leaving indirect characterization on the shelf.