Category Archives: Character Development

Writing: Using Your Characters’ Words to Develop Their Character

When I mention using words as part of character development, I’m not just talking about writing dialogue. Dialogue can progress the plot and reveal thoughts, but the words your character chooses to use reveal much more than those. Here are … Continue reading

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Character Development: Using your Character’s Thoughts

When I give character development writing workshops, I discuss the five ways you can show character as express your character’s personality: Appearance Actions Words (dialect, vocabulary, etc.) Perceptions Thoughts Showing a character’s thoughts in well-timed doses can illuminate and help … Continue reading

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Character Development: Don’t Forget Your Character’s Hygiene (especially if he does…)

When developing your major characters, don’t forget to include details about his or her hygiene and, well to put it bluntly, body odor. It might seem like something OCD or overly detailed at first, but let’s do a little experiment. … Continue reading

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Writing: Using Clothing to Develop Character

When it comes to clothing, society wants it both ways. We say “Clothes make the man,” and pay close attention to every article of clothing the rich and famous don on Instagram. Likewise, we say “don’t judge a book by … Continue reading

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How Agents of Shield’s Lash can help Writers Build Captivating Characters

Conflict turns pages. No one wants to hear about a day in the life of M. B. Weston unless it begins with something like, “I had no idea putting diesel in my Toyota Camry could cause so many problems…” (Yes, … Continue reading

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Brainstorming: Staying Open to Fresh Ideas That Conflict With Your Plan

I’m sitting in Starbucks, taking my few hours a week away from all my distractions, brainstorming my outline/pre-draft for the third book in the Elysian Chronicles Series: The Sword of the Vanir. Today, I’m trying to organize all the notes … Continue reading

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Watching Character Develop – M. B. Weston’s Writing Diary: 10/01/15

I love it when characters start developing right in front of me as I write them. I’ve been working on the Michael Lodestone urban-fantasy, pulp novella, and I’ve been stuck on a few plot points. I used to let getting … Continue reading

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