Drama in Conflict Revisited

People always say that there is drama in conflict but what can be forgotten is that stability is needed too. As much you need to build the conflict in your character still needs something solid and reliable whether it’s a hobby, a place or a person. In many, though not all, stories it falls to […]

The Journey Revisited

Just as characters need an emotional life, as real people do, they need an emotional journey as well. In the case of romance fiction, which we have already discussed, the journey is the primary story but this doesn’t have to be the case, the journey can be the emotional interaction that the character has with […]

Falling in Love Revisited

There’s a lot to be learnt from the romance genre when we’re thinking about writing emotion. At the heart of it, the old cliché is one person meets another person, overcome obstacles while falling in love, and live happily ever after. I’m not saying that’s all romance novels are but let’s stick with the most […]

I Feel… Revisited

Sometimes it can be wrongly assumed that portraying emotion in fiction is a case of saying ‘I feel’ and if a character doesn’t say how they feel then they don’t feel. This is not the case in real life where a person can be feeling a huge array of things without saying anything. For example, […]

The Man in the Machine Revisited

Characters don’t live in an emotional vacuum they need an emotional journey the reader can relate to even if they are inferring it. By this I mean that a character doesn’t have to specifically state their emotional state, they may even be character that claims not to have one or we infer doesn’t. An example […]

Fictional Attraction

There are many different types of attraction but in this article we’re going stick with sexual attraction, of which there are many famous instances of it being downright wrong, and by wrong I mean disturbing. We addressed some of this in an article on Describing Women where the language used is often inappropriate. Another common […]

Writing Attraction

This week we’re looking at different ways of showing attraction between our characters and making readers root for relationships. Tuesday – None Wednesday – Fictional Attraction, Writing attraction is more than saying a character is pretty, how else can we show it? Thursday – None Friday – None Saturday – A new episode of Rum Cove […]

Considering Character Arcs Revisited

Circumstances change people and circumstances should change characters too. This doesn’t always have to be a huge shift such as going from selfish to selfless, it could be as seemingly small as getting a different perspective on life. Whatever it is when characters begin a story they are rarely exactly the same at the end […]