What Motivates Your Characters to Take Action?, Renea Guenther, Revisions and Editing, Revision, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Character Motivation, Character Goals
Character Goals, Character Motivation, Characters, Planning Your Novel, Revision, Revisions and Editing

What Motivates Your Characters to Take Action?

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Whether we know it or not, the events and people around us can affect us in ways we don’t even realize, sometimes motivating actions we normally wouldn’t dream of taking. We act out in anger in the blink of an eye before we even comprehend what made us angry in the… Continue reading What Motivates Your Characters to Take Action?

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When is the Proper Time to Introduce Our Characters?, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Revisions and Editing, Revision, Renea Guenther
Characters, Planning Your Novel, Revision, Revisions and Editing

When is the Proper Time to Introduce Our Characters?

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther The speed at which we introduce our characters can be crucial to whether readers will remember them or not. If we introduce too many too fast, they might not remember their names, or that they had even been mentioned. Introducing our characters at intervals helps readers remember their defining details and… Continue reading When is the Proper Time to Introduce Our Characters?

Using Secondary Characters to the Best of Their Abilities, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Secondary Characters, Revisions and Editing, Revision, Renea Guenther
Characters, Planning Your Novel, Revision, Revisions and Editing, Secondary Characters

Using Secondary Characters to the Best of Their Abilities

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther Nobody makes it through life without touching the lives of others. While the protagonist and antagonist are the life-blood of the story, secondary characters serve their own purpose and need to be as realistic and relatable as the main characters. The easiest way to do this is to give them skills… Continue reading Using Secondary Characters to the Best of Their Abilities

Defining What Makes a Strong Antagonist, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Antagonists, Revisions and Editing, Revision, Renea Guenther
Antagonists, Characters, Planning Your Novel, Revision, Revisions and Editing

Defining What Makes a Strong Antagonist

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther We can’t have a strong story without a strong antagonist. They are the glue that holds the story together. Without them there would be no conflict, no reason for the protagonist’s involvement. In essence, there would be no story. But to really bring our antagonist to life, we need to make… Continue reading Defining What Makes a Strong Antagonist

How to Strengthen Your Narrative Drive, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Protagonists, Revision and Editing, Revision, Renea Guenther
Characters, Planning Your Novel, Protagonists, Revision, Revisions and Editing

How to Force Your Protagonist to Take Charge of the Story

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther It’s common for first drafts to be a mess as they’re simply meant for placing the foundations of the story and getting our ideas down. You’ll probably find your first draft falls into one of two categories: character-focused with lots of internalization and little action, or plot-focused with lots of action… Continue reading How to Force Your Protagonist to Take Charge of the Story

How to Create Characters the Easy Way, Planning Your Novel, Characters, Character Creation, Renea Guenther
Character Creation, Characters, Planning Your Novel

How to Create Characters the Easy Way

by Renea Guenther @ReneaGuenther A story can’t exist without characters. But with all the different character creation lists out there, it can be difficult to know where to start. For me, that starting point is first knowing the role the character is going to play in the story. Once I know that, picking character traits… Continue reading How to Create Characters the Easy Way