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Creating Great Fictional Characters: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans

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In this week’s column the focus is on characters. Whether you’re a new or a seasoned author, getting your characters right is a key component to a successful novel. We’ve all heard of character profiles and questionnaires, but I thought I’d take this a little bit further by looking at links that really get to the ingredients needed for real characters – those that readers fall in love with.

  1. https://rachelgiesel.com/blog/how-to-really-get-to-know-your-characters-a-questionnaire 3 Things to Know About Your Characters: This article is exceptional and really gives an insight into writing authentic characters. It talks about delving into the psyche of the character you want to create to ensure that they feel real on the page.
  2. https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/character-questionnaire Character Questionnaire: This site offers two free character questionnaires – Gotham and Marcel Proust. These can be used to help flesh out your character and get the basics down on paper before you begin writing.
  3. https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-create-authentic-and-powerful-fictional-characters-59def46cf960 How to Create Authentic and Powerful Fictional Characters: This article explores the different archetypes that can be used to create memorable characters. It includes the 8 male archetypes and the 8 female archetypes. It also includes information on creating character webs.
  4. https://jerryjenkins.com/character-development/ The Ultimate Guide To Character Development: This post shares 10 steps to creating memorable heroes and includes information for plotters and pantsers. The article talks about naming characters and how ethnicity is important. Naming your character can take time, allow it.
  5. https://www.nownovel.com/blog/novel-characters-15-tips/ 15 Top Character Creation Tips: I love tip 2 in this article – Make each novel character identifiable in a police line-up. This tip alone is worth reading this article for, but there are 14 others that all provide great information too.
  6. https://www.ian-irvine.com/for-writers/article-3-create-great-characters/ 55 Ways to Create Compelling Characters: This article is a long read but packed full of great information no matter what type of genre you write in. There’s a section that delves into why we read stories, a second that explains what a story is, and information on how stories captivate us.

I hope you enjoy these links and I look forward to bringing you some more Really Useful Links next week. If there is a topic that you would like to see covered, get in touch and I will see what I can do.

(c) Amanda J Evans

www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans


Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author of YA and Adult romance in paranormal and fantasy genres. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of love and magic thrown in too. Her books have all won awards and her latest novella, Hear Me Cry, won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018. Amanda has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018 including A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. Amanda is currently polishing her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019, and is also working on a Bronte inspired story for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com, Facebook and Twitter: @amandajevans