Characters, Characters Everywhere

Another important decision we have to make when writing short stories is the number of characters we include, this doesn’t only mean the number we have appear on the page but also the number of names mentioned. The simple reason for this is that if we try and cram a dozen characters into less than … Continue reading Characters, Characters Everywhere


Establishing Relationships

Whether we’re writing new relationships or long-term ones we need to establish and develop them. Each relationship has its own jokes, shorthand, and history and we need to show this through what characters say and do. This is further complicated by the fact that characters in large friendship groups will interact with different friends in … Continue reading Establishing Relationships

Supporting the Network

Whether our characters are old friends or new friends, or a combination of both, it’s very possible that they will be part of a group. Sometimes this group remains mostly the same for the entire story, such as the crew of the original Star Trek television series, or sometimes it will have a core group … Continue reading Supporting the Network

The Long-Term Friendship

Where friends characters find along the way can present problems when we’re writing when characters have friends before the story begins this presents a different set of problems. The primary problem is backstory. However long these characters have been friends there will be a story of how they became friends, things they have done together, … Continue reading The Long-Term Friendship

Found Friends

Often, but not always, part of a story is about characters finding friends, whether it’s the two detectives partnered for the first time, a character going on a quest and meeting allies on the way, or, in some cases, the beginnings of a romantic relationship. In some ways these can be the trickiest friendships to … Continue reading Found Friends

Fictional Friendships

In the majority of stories protagonists will have or find friends who play important part in the story, the group of friends might even all be protagonists, such as The Fellowship of the Ring in The Lord of the Rings. Each character in the friendship should, theoretically, play a different role but this doesn’t mean … Continue reading Fictional Friendships

Friendship in Fiction

This week we're looking at the different types of friendships portrayed in fiction whether they're friends characters meet along the way, old friends, or groups each character will interact with these friendships differently. Monday - Fictional Friendships, Looking at ways of building a friendship one character at a time. Tuesday - Found Friends, A few things we need to … Continue reading Friendship in Fiction

Using The Characters

When we’re building atmosphere in a story it can be affected by the perspective of characters. Every character has their own viewpoint with their own preconceived notions, fears, memories and loves and all of these will change how they interact with their surroundings and the interpretation they give. This is particularly important if this character … Continue reading Using The Characters

Filling in the Details

While a lot of backstory can be implied it can be very difficult to tell a story with no explicit backstory. A common problem that arises here is that writers can sometimes assume that when we’re giving explicit backstory it requires sections of telling or flashbacks, as we discussed in previous exposition articles, but explicit … Continue reading Filling in the Details

All About Bran

I’ve had a request for an article on writing Brandon O’Connor of Victorian Mistress with particular focus on writing a character with low self-confidence. Part of the challenge of creating Bran was making him both believable in his own right and as a love interest for Lot who has confidence in abundance. At the risk … Continue reading All About Bran