Characters

Eight Key Elements of a Story: What Every Writer Needs to Know

A story is more than just a series of events. In this article, we will discuss the eight essential elements that make up a story and how they are important to constructive a narrative.

How I Created the Ultimate Notion Character Template

Struggling to create compelling characters? Here's how I created a template to make the process easier.

Tools and Resources for Developing Compelling Characters

Here are some tools that can help you develop interesting and believable characters that make your audience feel connected with them.

How to Describe a Character: 9 Questions Answered for Giving Them Depth and Life

Want to make your readers feel connected to your characters? Here's how to give them depth and life in your character descriptions.

How to Create a Compelling Character Backstory

Want to create an interesting and compelling character backstory? This article provides eight ways for doing just that!

How to Describe Hands for More Realistic Characters

If you want to create more realistic characters, learn how hands can be a good place to start.

What It Takes to Create a Positive Character Arc

How to create a positive character arc and why it is so important. We will also provide the pieces to create an emotionally satisfying story with a positive ending.

How to Write a Compelling Character Arc

When it comes to storytelling, character arcs are essential. What is a character arc and how do they change the story? Learn that and more in this article.

How to Develop a Character – Everything You Need to Know

Learn what it takes to create fully developed characters that will engage readers and help your story unfold in the most interesting way possible.

10 Flawed Character Writing Tips to Make Your Story More Engaging

Creating flawed characters is one of the best ways to make your novel more engaging and realistic. In this article, we discuss 10 tips for doing just that.

6 Tips for Writing Dynamic Characters That Bring Your Story to Life

Want your readers to become emotionally invested in your story? Here are six tips for creating dynamic characters that will make them fall in love with your story.

Indirect Characterization: What It Is and 5 Types You Need to Know

Learn about indirect characterization, a literary device that uses description and dialogue to reveal character. Here are five types of indirect characterization you need to know!

How to Create a Character Profile – Tips and Tricks

Creating characters is an essential part of story creation. That's why a character profile is key. Learn several tips and tricks that will help you develop consistent and compelling characters with depth!

9 Character Archetypes found in Stories

Learn about the different character archetypes that appear time and time again in stories.

4 Writing Lessons From Neil Gaiman

Few people know how to write a good story more than Neil Gaiman. Here are four of many wisdom-filled lessons he has for aspiring writers.

6 Common Elements You'll Find In an Anti-Hero

An anti-hero is similar to a classic protagonist, but learn five characteristics that make them unique with examples!

How to Write an Antagonist that Matters

Learn how to create a powerful antagonist in your next story, one who will drive the greatest conflict and add perspective.

Express Your Character's Personality: How to Write Mannerisms in a Story

While subtle, mannerisms can reveal your character’s personality traits and backstory. Here is how you can incorporate them into your story without overdoing it.

Powerful Character Motivations: How to Create Them

Learn about character motivations and discover how they can help you create compelling, dynamic characters.

How to Write a Likable Character (8 Rules and 14 Ways)

Want to create a character your audience will love? Here are 8 rules and 14 ways to make them likable!

Templates and Guides

Free!

Ultimate Character Builder

Notion Template
Easily create a well-rounded character that is believable and interesting through a 9-step guide, hundreds of attributes to choose from, and a comprehensive questionnaire.
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Positive Character Arc Builder

Notion Step-by-Step Guide
Build a compelling positive character arc for your protagonist with this 16-step detailed guide all made in Notion.
Free!

Character Profile

Notion Worksheet or PDF
A worksheet for building the important things about a character. Learn how to create a character that actually matters to your story.
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Books

Negative Trait Thesaurus

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

Index for creating deep, flawed characters.

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The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Joseph Campbell

The universal story structure of adventure.

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Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

Robert McKee

The essential story guide to captivate audiences.

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Creating Character Arcs

K.M. Weiland

Build powerful and engaging character arcs.

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The Anatomy of Story

John Truby

A comprehensive guide on storytelling essentials.

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Sites and Apps

Face Generator

Free
Free

Create realistic A.I. generated faces.

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Fantasy Name Generators

Free
Free

Over a hundred generators for every name you need.

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Artbreeder

Free w/ Paid Upgrades
Free w/ Paid Upgrades

Use A.I. to create character designs.

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Courses

Alan Moore - Storytelling

BBC Maestro
Fiction writing lessons from Alan Moore.
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N.K. Jemison - Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing

MasterClass Course
Learn what it takes to write fantasy and sci-fi.
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