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377 Character Ideas for Writers

377 very clever ideas to make creating characters faster and more effective, and bring them to life on the page.

137 pages, ebook (PDF), £7.99

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Create characters your readers will never forget. No more cardboard stereotypes; your characters will have personality, feelings, conflicts and depth. Your heroes will face the fight of their lives (maybe for the girl/boy of their dreams). Your villains will be truly chilling. Your story will be vivid and compelling and will leave your readers hungry for your next creation.

Why you need this book

In today's ultra-competitive writing and publishing market, you need every advantage you can get. That's where our inspiring collection of writing ideas can help you.

Each of the 35 books in the ideas4writers collection is packed with versatile ideas, expert tips, and easy-to-implement practical advice.

You'll soon be writing brilliant books, amazing articles, and standout stories that will have readers, editors and publishers longing for more.

The CHARACTERS collection includes:

  • Easy ways to create unique, memorable characters
  • Finding the perfect name
  • How to make your characters more vivid and complex
  • How to use real people in your stories - and what to avoid
  • How to improve your people-watching skills
  • And much more
  • Plus... more than 35 versatile, ready-made characters you can drop straight into your stories or easily adapt to fit different circumstances

Be a more inspired, more productive and more successful writer with the ideas4writers ideas collection.

Excerpt: An easy way to find characters

Characters have shape and 'character'. They aren't just short or tall, thin or fat, young or old, beautiful or ugly. If you write like that then you obviously haven't looked closely at real people. Go out and sit quietly for while, pretend to read a newspaper or something, and watch in amazement at the sort of people who come past.

I'm doing exactly that at this very moment, so my apologies to everyone who passes me in the next few minutes - it might look as if I'm reading a book, but I'm not. (Note: I am in a different town, I don’t know who any of these people are, and as far as I'm aware none of them live near me.) There are hundreds of perfectly ordinary people walking past me, but these are the ones who stand out:

There's the woman shaped exactly like a balloon. The wiry looking girl with a huge backside and tree trunk legs. The massive woman in a wheelchair who pushes herself along with sticks, cigarette clamped firmly in her mouth. The very thin man who bends in the middle. The guy with the massive beer gut, and trousers that squeeze under it so tightly you wonder how he gets into them - it looks extremely uncomfortable. The nasty looking guy with the tattoos and beard, hand-in-hand with a well-dressed little girl who he obviously takes good care of and who seems to think the world of him. The pretty girl who smiles as she goes past - she has the most massive teeth you have ever seen! The mother who comes past with her young daughters who have dyed hair, piercings and cropped clothing that reveals everything. Why does she let them do it? Don't they get into trouble at school for looking like that?

There you go: ten minutes; eight extraordinary (yet very ordinary) people.

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Buy the complete Volume 1 (The Elements of Fiction - 6 books in 1)

Includes: Characters, Description & Setting,
Dialogue, Plot, Structure, Theme

799 very clever ideas, 310 pages

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