Some people swear by “character sheets”, others hate them, say they don’t want to nail their character down by answering a lot of silly questions about them. But I think there is a way to use those, and other questionnaires creatively to help you build your character. Character sheets are also useful in a practical […]Read more "A Question of Character – using character questionnaires and quizzes to build characters."
Writers often say they love their characters, literally, like they were real people. Romance writers especially say they fall in love with their heroes. And why not? After all if the writer doesn’t love him how can they convince readers that the heroine – or other hero – is in love with him? I don’t […]Read more "The dangers of falling in love with your characters."
When I’m first coming up with a story idea I often come up with the basic premise and the setting first, then the characters. Some writers have a character first, but I can’t really get my head around that, because I don’t know how a character can exist in an abstract way like that. For […]Read more "Characters in Context"
One way to keep your characters from becoming homogeneous is to make them contrasting. This keeps them distinct in the mind of the reader or viewer. Contrasts can be physical, personality, and culture based. Physical The m/f writers have the edge on us m/m writers there, since there’s an obvious physical contrast of male and […]Read more "Making characters memorable through contrasts"
Sometimes I see people say that they like M/M fiction because they’re tired of the clichés of M/F fiction and the unequal relationship between the hero and heroine. They say they prefer the equality of the relationship between two men. Hang on a second…Read more "Men are not equals"