I love finding blogs where the advice is so specific and to the point that it brings ah ha! moments. I just loved reading this blog post called “Great Characters – The Beating Heart of Great Fiction” by Kristen Lamb. If anyone is stuck in character development give this a read I know I will reference again. You can also check out her book We Are Not Alone. Now its time for a glass of wine, my notebook and and some character development – perfect end to the day:)

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Today we are going to talk about character, but I want you guys to breathe and relax. Give yourselves permission to not know everything. Art is not one of those things that we take a few lessons and “graduate” as experts. True artists never stop learning.

We read, take classes, and always push ourselves to the next level. Most new writers do not sufficiently understand plot, but I will say that the key to creating better plots rests in a deeper understanding of character.

But How Do We Come Up with Plot?

Some people naturally think in terms of plot. They are the kind of people who think of a story problem, but then need to cast characters appropriate to the story. Other people think in terms of character, a person who they want to cast, but they need to find the right story. Both ways of thinking are fine…

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