How to develop a character

People often ask me how a writer develops a character for a novel. I usually answer:

“It’s easy. You simply make up his or her life.”

This answer is not always helpful, because the most frequent reply is:

“Oh, make it up – but I don’t know how to do that.”

This post is dedicated to all persons who feel fobbed off by my aloof advice. Today, I will explain the development of a character properly. To give you an insight into the creative process, I will use a “real life” example.
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New Chance Cards added to Story Generator

Dear Regency Enthusiast,

I added 4 dozen new chance cards to the Story Generator. Check them all out here and and find a new twist for your plot.

New here? The Story Generator is an intriguing tool to develop a plot. It incorporates chance, i.e. random thoughts, into your creative process in order to trigger ideas. When you get stuck in creating your story line, you can visit the Story Generator Page and virtually pick-up  a chance card. Find out more about it in my previous post “How to develop a plot”.

Of course you can also pick-up a chance card for your entainment.

Kind regards

Anna M. Thane

Enter the Heroine (News about my Chapter 2)

My post “An Alarming Message (News about Chapter 1)”  is already four months old. But I haven’t been idle: Besides having blogged enthusiastically on Regency Explorer, I have finished my second chapter. Here is an account about what happened at the writer’s desk.

In chapter 1, Lady Linfield was the leading character. She set out to arrange a marriage between her nephew Robert and a suitable bride. The Regency romance enthusiasts among us will quickly have figured out that Lady Linfield is not the heroine of the novel.

But who is?

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Managing the Characters – Part 3 of 3: Sample Biography and Quiz

In the first two parts of this series, I wrote about ways to manage the characters of a novel. I discussed

I also mentioned that it is useful to write a biography for each character. While it is a lot of work, there are certain benefits.

How does a biography help?

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Managing the Characters – Part 2 of 3: Tools and Free Download

Welcome to the second post of this 3-part series about keeping track of your characters – the one with The Free Download. In the previous post, I covered what pieces of information about your characters you could and should define.

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Got Stuck in Your Story Line? – Pick a Chance Card!

Writers are free to make use of any creativity technique they can think of. Brainwriting and Mind Mapping, for example, are well known.

Another intriguing technique is incorporating chance, i.e. random thoughts, into your creative process in order to trigger ideas. In a previous post I have suggested using chance cards when being stuck in creating a plot.

Picking cards? Are you serious?

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