characters

November 11, 2017

Character depth

Hi guys! Ever come across a character in your reading and found that they only ever respond in a very predictable way? What you might have come across is a character that lacks depth. Characters are like people, they need to have depth for people to love them. Many people believe that to give their characters depth is to give them a huge backstory, which might work, but then you end up dumping the backstory so that the reader knows how much effort was invested into this great character. I have found even in characters that have a huge back story with complicated twists and turns, it is still possible to have a plat or two dimensional character. The reason for this is very simple: the character doesn’t respond to that complicated story in any meaningful way. For characters to stop being two […]
October 22, 2017

Eirnland – Kathryn Berryman

Kathryn Berryman’s Eirnland for me was a mixture of emotions. I will admit upfront that this book was not for me, as it is not my normal fair for reading. As Kathryn is a friend of mine I pushed through the book and I will now give you my honest opinion. Eirnland started off slow, it set up the two major characters in opposite directions and then proceeded to add more characters. For me this was a little frustrating as I either wanted the writer to go back to the character she had just set up and done a wonderful job of making me like them. Kathryn does a wonderful job of painting vivid locations that I could almost touch with her words, at times I wished she would get on with the fighting. I was rewarded or my faith with a battle […]
October 7, 2017

Emotion, it’s how we feel.

Hi guys, I left this one to the end because it was the most difficult to grasp even for me. Emotions: everyone has them and the sensations that come with them are as complex as their own book. Lets jump right in and talk about the most common saying that centres on emotions, ‘Show don’t tell’. Show don’t tell basically means that the readers want to experience the emotions and events of the book without being told want is going on. ‘Sandy was angry at Bob.’ This example is a great sentence in that it has all the components that make a sentence however when dealing with a story it is pretty lack lustre, because we are simply just told that Sandy is angry at Bob instead of showing us that Sandy was angry at Bob. To achieve this we can describe how […]
September 30, 2017

Touch, the forgotten sense.

Guys, What does it feel like? We have all seen or heard of the mystery box where you stick your hand into a box and feel something, and based upon that feeling, alone, you have to work out what it is. We as writers so often miss this vital sense when it comes to our world development. I know I have done it plenty. If you haven’t good for you, we should all take lessons form you. We need to be aware of this vital sense. I call it vital because of how important it is, a whole range of emotions can be transmitted by a single touch, everything from love to violence. Let me give you an example of sense of touch done normally in a story. ‘The cool breeze sent a chill up his spine.’ This sentence is good because we […]