Character Development

Character development is one of the most important aspects of writing a story. Do it well and readers will remember your book long after they put it down. Do it badly and your entire novel falls apart. Here are some tips to make sure that the latter never happens:

7 Cliche Characters in YA Fiction That Need to Stop

Strong Female Characters: What You're Doing Wrong

Writing Male Characters: What You're Doing Wrong

Writing Surfer Characters: 9 Things You Should Know

7 Tips for Choosing Character Appearance

8 Different Kinds of Strength to Give Your Characters

6 Tips for Writing Imposing and Complex Villains

7 Tips for Writing Characters with a Chronic Illness

Writing Teen Characters: What You're Doing Wrong

8 Different Kinds of Love to Use In Your Novel

Writing Characters with Depression: What You're Doing Wrong

Writing Introverted Characters: 8 Things You Should Know

Writing Extroverted Characters: 7 Things You Should Know

How to Identify and Obliterate Sexism in Your Novel

Anti-Heroes: What They Are and How to Write Them

Do's and Don'ts of Writing Strong Female Characters

7 New and Improved Versions on the Chosen One Trope

Unreliable Narrators: What They Are and How to Write Them

10 Tips for Writing Socially Awkward Characters

Writing a Compelling Hero: 7 Tips With Examples

10 Tips for Writing Characters with Anxiety



  1. I felt like writing this because you have opened my eyes when it comes to characters and the world you make around those characters, i have found all of these articles you've written to be very helpful and eye opening.

    An aspiring writer

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I'm so glad that my articles were of help to you. Keep on writing! I'm sure you have some great characters to share with the world.

  2. As an aspiring author, these tips and comments on character development and plot and everything are really helpful. I love all of your blogs, so keep going.

    I was wondering, for you personally, what is your biggest pet peeve when it comes to characters?

    1. Hi Katherine! So sorry for my late response. I'm so glad you are enjoying my blog! I'll keep the posts rolling through. =D

      My biggest pet peeve is when a character has no arc. I want to see a character struggle with something in their life (or personality) and come out the other side changed (hopefully for the better). So often I see either:

      1) Characters who have flaws that they (or the author) don't seem to view as problematic, and thus never grow. They're just annoying or bad people who don't show any desire to change.
      2) Characters that seem to move through the story without any issues or deep thoughts. They don't struggle with the conflict, think about serious problems for any period or time, and just seem generally lifeless. They're flat as French crepes. =D

      It drives me nuts. I want a solid character arc. It is always inspiring for me to read about characters who fight against and overcome problems, so when a story doesn't have this I end up feeling robbed. =D

      Great question! Thank you so much for asking it!

  3. I really love your blog! It helps me so much when I run into a writing-wall (whether it be character-based or otherwise).

    Also, I have a request: Do you think you can write a how-to (or even a how-NOT-to) on writing characters with borderline personality disorder? I'm having technical difficulties with one of my babies.

    Thanks so much for your awesome writing tips!

    Yet another aspiring writer

  4. Hi, Hannah. It seems like my biggest problem is writing characters. In all my writing, I always write characters that are just ... bad in some way. It's like I have the mechanics of writing down, but actually creating people stumps me completely. Do you think I'm just an awful writer with no hope, or that there's something I can do to fix this.


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