Characters

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: The Ultimate Guide

Want to create believable and engaging characters for your story? This guide will teach you everything you need to know about character development.

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.

12 Tips on How to Write a Likable Character

Learn how to make the characters of your story more likable and believable, which will help readers empathize with them.

Templates and Guides

Free!

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!

World Building Bible

Notion Template
Create a World Building Bible for your story, fictional world, or campaign. This allows you to keep all of your world building information organized and easily accessible.
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.
Free!

Fictional Story Timeline

Notion Template
Build out your world and organize its history and story's plot. Keep track of events, characters, locations, and chapters for your story.
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Books

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

Robert McKee

The essential guide to writing screenplays that engage and captivate audiences. This comprehensive book explores the principles of story structure and character development that will help you create a powerful and successful screenplay.

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Creating Character Arcs

K.M. Weiland

With this comprehensive guide, you'll learn everything you need to know about writing novels with powerful and engaging character arcs. Discover how to determine which arc is right for your character.

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The Anatomy of Story

John Truby

A comprehensive tutorial covering the fundamentals of story examining each essential element and showing authors how to weave them seamlessly together to make an effective narrative.

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Sites and Apps

Fantasy Name Generators

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Free

Discover names for your characters, locations, and so much more from over 1400 name generators based on historical, mythological, or pop culture references.

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Artbreeder

Free w/ Paid Upgrades
Free w/ Paid Upgrades

Build imaginative concept art and character designs for your story using artificial intelligence.

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Courses

N.K. Jemison - Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing

MasterClass Course
Creating a world from scratch, developing compelling characters, and getting published is easier than you think with N. K. Jemisin's help. Learn to build your craft and share your voice with inclusive fiction that reflects you.
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