Character development is essential for all writers. It is your characters, that keep your readers, reading. I have several books that I have stopped reading halfway through because I didn’t care for the characters. If you don’t care for the characters why would you want to keep reading, to find out what happened to them? As writers, you have to develop likeable characters that people relate to. These characters should be likeable, but realistic. Unless you are writing a fairy tale I would steer away from Prince Charming. Flawed characters are better to attract readers. It makes them more likeable. There are several writers that I admire for their character development. These are writers that I will visit again and again. It is no coincidence that most of them come from a series. A series allows a writer to develop a character more. Some of the characters I am going to speak about have almost become old friends. The development of these characters can teach us as writers many lessons.
As writers, we are constantly told to polish our work to the best version we can, before publishing. The advice is good, a manuscript should be edited and complete before you send it. The best version of yourself. You only get one chance to make a first impression.
When writing an article is it important to show all points of view? When I write some articles I know I have a bias towards topics. This was especially true in my last article. As a writer though I try to present both arguments and allow the reader to form their own opinion. From past … Continue reading Control Your Bias as a Writer
Many months ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of unlocking some of your posts. It is a strategy I have stuck with over the years. No more so than now. Recently, I had a crazy idea to start a community publication dedicated to one-minute articles. Not as easy as it sounds. You have … Continue reading When You Should Consider Unlocking Your Article on Medium
As a writer, you have to have a portfolio of your work to share with prospective job opportunities. Many people will say that they have Medium as their portfolio of work. However, there is a problem with this. Unless your prospective employer is a Medium member, they will not be able to read your locked … Continue reading Ko-Fi Anyone — Is This The New Big Publishing Platform to Make Money
Like every writer, I check my stats after an article is published hoping for a viral hit. I have had a few, but always dismissed the notion an old post could go viral. That was until last month. A post I had forgotten about, started gaining views and it hasn’t stopped or slowed down. The … Continue reading Patience You May Have Written Your Viral Post a Year Ago