No matter what genre your fiction falls into, we all have one thing in common, we have to populate our work with people.  This group is for discussing those characters who add life to our novels.

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Do characters have a life of their own?

Started by Juliet Wilson. Last reply by Kathryn Nov 6, 2013. 10 Replies

I've found in the past in short stories that characters sometimes go off on a tangent I would never have planned which has often really helped plot development!I'm now writing a novel and was having…Continue

Character Fact Sheets: Do you keep them? How much detail do you put into one?

Started by Michelle Gwynn Jones. Last reply by Michelle Gwynn Jones Nov 3, 2013. 61 Replies

I keep a character sheet for everyone in my story.  When it comes to the MCs I know just about everything there is to know about them.  Where the grew up, where they went to school and what is their…Continue

Character or Plot

Started by Kathleen Kaska. Last reply by Ivana Milakovic Jul 15, 2013. 5 Replies

 What's more important, plot or character?     That's a tough question to answer. A great mystery plot will keep me turning the pages until the end. But delightful, intriguing characters whom I can…Continue

Tags: mystery, character, plot

The Recycled Character

Started by Michelle Gwynn Jones. Last reply by Kathleen Kaska Feb 15, 2013. 6 Replies

Today I blogged about using characters more than once, scattering background players through my different works.The Recycled Character.…Continue

Tags: Characters, writing, fiction

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Comment by Marilyn Bostick on March 26, 2012 at 11:02pm

I just received this assignment and have been working on it. Try this and see what happens. This a really amazing exercise!

Pick one of your original stories or scripts. Flip to the middle of that
story. If your story is three pages, that means go to the middle of page two. If your story is 90 pages, that means go to page 45. Now, pick the most dynamic paragraph, conversation or character action or interaction
from the middle of that page. It can be a few lines or a couple paragraphs.
Imagine this is the new beginning of your story! For the purposes of this discussion, this is where your story sets into motion. It does not have to be clear from the few lines that you post what your story is about. Often, stories that begin in medias res can be mysterious, intense, even confusing—but there has to be something about the beginning
the compels the reader (or viewer) to want to know more.

Comment by Marilyn Bostick on March 5, 2012 at 10:50am

Surprise is east of me separated by Peoria. My parent's live there in Sun City Grand. In about six months I'll be joining them. That's a little distance away. :(

Comment by Celine Keating on March 5, 2012 at 10:26am

She's in Surprise, but I don't know the area at all....  

Comment by Marilyn Bostick on March 5, 2012 at 10:19am


It would depend on where in Phoenix you'll be I am in Glendale which is next door to the west border of Phoenix.

Comment by Komal Mansoor on March 5, 2012 at 10:18am

Hello friends,

Read this awesome article, "How to give your stories great openings and endings" by Dan Coxon and since I could not resist, read my thoughts as a reviewer on great openers. Would love your comments, so share your views on this topic now! :) 

Oh yeah, there is a surprise giveaway at the end of this post, for my lovely readers as well, so check out! :)

Not only this, I have so many great giveaways going on my blog, so keep checking this page, for entering and winning awesome books!

Feel free to share, comment, follow for more such writing tips and great book discussions.


Comment by Celine Keating on March 5, 2012 at 7:57am

Hi Marilyn!

I'm in NY - the library is in Pleasantville (near Ossining) in Westchester County - but thanks for asking! Looks like you're in Arizona, so a bit too far!  I'm going to be visiting a friend near Phoenix in June - are you anywhere near?


Comment by Marilyn Bostick on March 4, 2012 at 7:04pm


Where do you live? Where is the library located?

Comment by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2012 at 3:50pm

Thanks, Olga! I left a comment back with a very fun link I just found that you may find veeerrry innnteresting... ;)

Comment by Olga Godim on February 24, 2012 at 3:17pm

Zetta. Read your post and left a comment. Love it!

Comment by Zetta Brown on February 24, 2012 at 1:55pm

On my new blog Zetta's Desk, I've just posted an article about ways to make your character more authentic if they come from a country foreign to you. I've used as an example my experience on the difference between the Scottish and the English. :)


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