How do you write dialogue that makes your characters sound authentic? In this week’s video, Chris discusses four different considerations to think about when writing dialogue — age, education and station, relationship and social setting, and emotional state. Check out the video below for more details about how these considerations can help shape your dialogue.
How do you make your characters distinct from each other? In today’s video, Chris gives some quick tips to make your characters stand out. They include things like names, character actions/reactions, and how these actions express each character’s emotions. Check out the video below for more details!
Want to write a great villain that readers hate? In today’s video, Chris gives five different ways to make your readers hate your antagonists, including giving them attributes like smugness and cruelty, and situations like not getting punished. Watch the video below for the full details!
This week’s video is a quick tip about condensing characters. Bit parts in a story are often not memorable and some of these can be condensed into a single character, which can make them a bit more memorable. Check out the video below for Chris’s thoughts on it!
In his video this week, Chris gives a few quick tips for making readers love your characters. Great characters make readers feel invested in your books and want to read more. Check out his tips in the video below!
In this week’s video, Chris talks about how to create unique character names that fit the genre and have the right feel for your book. He goes over four ways that names have developed throughout history and how you can apply them to your own characters. For more details, check out the video below!
Learn to Plot without sacrificing Creativity What separates great novels from mediocre ones? Story. Authors that master this vital skill keep their readers up at night, and suffer the deluge of ‘when is the next book coming out’ emails. Whether you are a first time novelist, or a seasoned author, Plot Gardening will teach you…
In today’s video, a follow up to last week’s 4 Pillars of Great Characters, Chris discusses 3 types of flaws that characters can have to give them depth. Flaws make characters more relatable and help provide them motivation for their actions. Check out the video below to find out what the types of flaws are…
In today’s quick tip video, Chris talks about the four pillars of great characters. These are the four qualities or characteristics that allow you to create memorable, believable characters. This is a topic that will be covered in his upcoming book, Plot Gardening. Check out the video below to learn about the four pillars!
In this week’s video, Chris takes a look at character development by examining the recent Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. He compares the character development of Luke in the original Star Wars movies with the character development of Rey through The Last Jedi. Chris explains why he thinks Rey’s character development is not as…