Character Needs: The Need for Autonomy

Finishing out these posts on character needs, extracted from Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. Today, a basic need that provides motivation for many powerful stories, the need for autonomy. Each of us needs to feel in control over his own life and his own choices, a measure of independence […]

Character Needs: The Need for Community

Another post on character needs, extracted from Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. Today, a need that has been on my heart of late, the need for community. Feeling part of a wider community, beyond one’s immediate family, involves shared perceptions and identity with others and connections to them, a […]

Character Needs: The Need for Intimacy

The next post on character needs, extracted from Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. Today, the need for intimacy. We all need emotional and physical closeness to at least one other person. This is the person who sees us as we really are, naked and undignified, and whom we see […]

Character Needs: Physical Needs

The next post in my series of character needs from Character Fiction 101, the most basic of all: physical needs. Physical needs include air, water, food, and sleep, and the other things our biologies need to survive. (The other 10 categories deal with emotional needs.) A character meets her physical needs by breathing, eating and […]

Character Needs: The Need for Security

Another post on character needs, extracted from Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. Today, the need for security, which played a significant role in the life of the character “Eddie” in From the Ashes of Courage. Security includes our need for shelter, cleanliness, protection, and safety, and the like. From […]

Writing Likable Characters

Says children’s-book author Elise Broach in a recent blog post about likable characters, “Nothing in a story keeps readers as enthralled as a character who has won their hearts.” You’ll get no argument from me on that count! Elise talks about putting your character in a jam to inspire sympathy. Always a good idea, because […]

Character Needs: The Need for Attention

I’m posting a series on character needs, extracted from Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. I’m starting with the need for attention, which inspired my story, “The Friendship Dress,” posted at Danielle La Paglia’s blog. We all need both to give and to receive attention. We all want to feel […]

Character Fiction 101: Table of Contents

I’m working on an ebook, entitled Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories. I plan to give the ebook away for free, for a number of reasons that I lay out in the book’s introduction— Mostly because I long to see more online authors turn out high-quality character stories. Many of […]

What Is Character?

(I extracted this post from an upcoming free ebook Character Fiction 101: How to Write Fictional Characters and Character Stories.) When I first started writing stories, I read numerous online articles and guides about developing characters. You’ve probably seen them yourself. Even many established authors have posted similar character profile worksheets. Most of them focus […]