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Tag Archives: Characters

A Day In The Life — First Draft Style

My name is Alice. For now. Her choice, not mine. I don’t get choices. I was Stella originally, which I loved – it means star, and though I’m one of … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Celebrating Minor Characters

When you look at fan pages on the internet, it doesn’t take long to notice that many minor characters in both classic and modern literature are adored. Whether its the cheeky and … Continue reading

November 13, 2015

Building Characters from Scratch – Where do I begin?

I’m often asked how writers create characters. I completely understand why people want to know – after all, we start with nothing and, if everything goes well, end up with … Continue reading

April 20, 2015

What comes first?

This week on Author Allsorts we’re blogging about voice – do we as writers decide on voice before you start writing or does it emerge? My story is a bit … Continue reading

November 4, 2013

Emma Haughton: Do we see out characters as role models?

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) in the Coen Brother’s remake of True Grit. How often do you read a book and think to yourself, ‘Now, what I’d do in their situation … Continue reading

October 23, 2013

Kill your darlings

I never killed anyone I really loved until the long, cold winter I spent writing my second novel. I had killed before, of course. In Night School I killed one … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Dreaming up a new character and bringing them to life on the page… by Clara Vulliamy

I can only invent a new character with a pencil in my hand and a scrap of paper in front of me: what they look like and who they are … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 6 Comments

Naming Characters

Naming characters is something I find either incredibly easy or impossibly difficult. Some characters stroll into my head complete with a name. The main character in my Earth Girl trilogy … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 5 Comments

Character development

Character sketching is one of my favourite things to do. When we read a book, we all immediately visualise what these characters may look like. Time and again we are … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

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