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Fiction Writing Tips: Characters, Viewpoint, & Names

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Creating Characters Readers Will Love
Character Tags and Tics - Victoria Grossack
Creating Great Heroes and Heroines - Anne M. Marble
Creating Memorable Characters - Lee Masterson
Creating Villains People Love to Hate - Lee Masterson
Do Werewolves Wear Shoes? Building Successful Horror Characters - Shaunna Privratsky
Don't Treat Your Characters Like Puppets! - Anne M. Marble
The Ethics of Tragedy: Plot Victims are People Too! - Paula Fleming
Everybody Lies - Victoria Grossack
Extending Your Character Range: Sex, Age and Other - Victoria Grossack
Finding Your Characters - Mary Cook
Handling a Cast of Thousands I: Getting to Know Your Characters - Will Greenway
Handling a Cast of Thousands II: Your Story as Your Characters (and Readers) See It - Will Greenway
Handling a Cast of Thousands III: Developing the Five-Act Scene - Will Greenway
How Not to Create a Villain - Anne M. Marble
Mentors in Your Masterpiece - Victoria Grossack
Motivation - Hank Quense
The Mystery of Character - Robert Wilson
The Secrets of Characterization - Sigrid Macdonald
A Study in Sidekicks - Victoria Grossack
We All Need Someone To Love: Creating Characters Readers Will Care About - Victoria Grossack
What Do Your Characters Want? (Part One) - Victoria Grossack
What Do Your Characters Want? (Part Two): How to Use Characters' Goals to Move the Plot - Victoria Grossack
What Type Is Your Character? - Paula Fleming
What's My Line? Character Professions in the Romance - Anne M. Marble

Character Naming
In the Name of Love... Finding the Right Names for Your Characters - Desmond Lindo
The Name Game - John Robert Marlow
Name That Character! - Anne M. Marble
A Rose by Any Other Name... - Devyani Borade
What's in a Name? - Moira Allen
What's In a Name? - Victoria Grossack

Establishing Viewpoint
Establishing the Right Point of View: How to Avoid "Stepping Out of Character" - Marg Gilks
Headhopping, Authorial Intrusion, and Shocked Expressions - Anne Marble
My Point of View on Point of View (Part One) - Victoria Grossack
My Point of View on Point of View (Part Two) - Victoria Grossack
Viewpoint, Perspective and Time - Will Greenway

See also:
General Fiction Tips
Writing Dynamic Dialogue
Description & Setting
Writing Mysteries
Writing Romance
Writing Speculative Fiction: SF, Fantasy & Horror
Writing for Children
Column: Crafting Fabulous Fiction, by Victoria Grossack

For more information, check our links to:
Character Naming Resources


Recommended Reading


The Art of Character: Creating Memorable Characters for Fiction, Film, and TV

Characters & Viewpoint

Characters, Emotion and Viewpoint

Creating Characters: The Complete Guide to Populating Your Fiction

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide To Character Expression

The Negative Trait Thesaurus

The Positive Trait Thesaurus

A Writer's Guide to Character Emotion

A Writer's Guide to Character Traits

A Writer's Guide to Characterization

 

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