How to Write Good Characters

When it comes to fiction writing, the plot and the setting are important, they get people interested in the book. What keeps them around however, is well-written and dynamic characters who are capable of having a wide range of depth. Writing a good character is best done by taking bits and pieces of yourself or somebody else that you know. That is because the best examples of genuine and realistic characters are the ones that you see around you. A good character has to have dimension, several sides to them that is both dark and light. A static character that doesn’t grow and has no character defects or polarizing, conflicting thought, is an unrealistic and often simply poorly written character. In order to add depth to a character you need to give him both strengths and weaknesses, flaws and vulnerabilities. As a matter of fact, a good character is riddled with flaws and issues, and the point of many novels is to iron and hammer out all of those kinks and flaws. This now only propels the plot forward, but shows an interesting dynamic growth that will be a big hit with your audience.

Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Writing a good character is about being able to create realism, while maintaining that sense of wonder that makes a novel’s world more compelling than the real one. What you want is a convincing character, one that people could see happening, meshed in with a convincing backstory and setting that makes it seem as if it could be a reality. This will help drive home any message that your book carries because it will be more relatable by your audience.

Daryl Harrison is a successful breakout author who published his own work independently.

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How to Self-Publish – When to Self-Publish

Many writers are afraid of the publishing industry, which is a tragedy, since they won’t get their writing out into the world without it. There has been some trepidation with the idea of self-publishing as well, as if self-published books are less legitimate and are only self-published because they aren’t good enough to be taken as seriously as a traditionally published book would be. Some writers treat the idea of self-publishing their book as a last resort, only turning to it if they have exhausted their options elsewhere. It doesn’t have to be this way. Sometimes authors write books they know they want to self-publish, for many different reasons. Some authors don’t want to be tied to a particular publisher or company when they release their book. They feel that they have more creative freedom and control if they self-publish. Sometimes an author writes the book they have always wanted, and, examining the publishing market, they decide to publish their book themselves because they don’t think they can break into the market any other way.

Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Consider self-publishing your book if it doesn’t necessarily fall into a well-defined genre, or if you don’t think there will be a market for it with people who buy new books at bookstores. If you think that your book is more geared toward people who buy e-books for their digital readers, publish your book in that format yourself and save yourself the hassle and cost of finding an agent and going through traditional means.

Daryl Harrison is a self-published author from Omaha who lives in New York.

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How to Write Fiction – Revision

There are very few writers in the history of the human race who can churn out masterful fiction without extensively revising and rewriting their work over and over again. Most of the masters of contemporary fiction say they redraft their work an average of fifteen times before they, their editors, and their agents are satisfied with their story. When writing your first draft, you may have mixed feelings about the writing as you go along. Maybe you like some passages, and others, you’re just trying to get a grip on the characters and what you’re trying to say as an author.

Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Writing a novel or a short story is hard work. Expect to take weeks, months, even years rewriting and redrafting your work until every word, comma, apostrophe, and period is in the right place and it’s perfect. Extensive revision and rewriting is actually quite freeing as a writer. You’ll never write a perfect first draft, so make sure you get out everything you feel you need to include in your first draft, whether it’s good or not. You can always rewrite it or revise it later. As you work on your drafts, look for parts that stand out and cause you to trip or break the spell of the work. Chances are your readers will find these bits of the story distracting as well. Rework them so that each character is authentic, and their actions affect the story line and cause tension and drama between the characters.

Daryl Harrison is a relatively new author. His first novel, The Waiting Game was released independently late last year. The novel has seen great success with critics and readers alike with its believable characters and realistic plot.

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How to Write Fiction – Compelling Characters

Fiction is an art that many try but few grasp the power of their words and the kinds of emotions that they can bring out in a person. If you are an aspiring author, but you don’t know where to start, here’s a tip: start with the characters. Your characters in your story will be the reason your readers will want to turn the pages of your book, and serve as the engine of the plot that drives the story.

Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Stephen King, the author of hundreds of books, several of which have been made into movies and miniseries, says that he likes to start with a few characters he created, put them in a situation and write down what happens next. This is a way of organically growing his plots out of the characters he creates. The key to creating compelling characters is to create some objective for them to achieve. Why do they need to achieve this? What’s stopping them? Only by watching them struggle to make their dreams come true to we as readers truly understand the characters on the page and recognize them as people. This motivation is usually what drives the whole story from beginning to end. Will they or won’t they succeed in their goal, and how will it affect the other characters?

Daryl Harrison has self-published one novel in his young career, but he has already been hailed as a master of his craft. His debut novel, The Waiting Game was an extremely successful book, both critically and commercially.

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