Characters

Storytelling

Planning Character Arcs

A painting with the profile of a face and abstract imagery of a forest and a woman with birds When I first wrote this guide to character arcs in 2014, I got one important thing right: character arcs are not ethereal unicorns; they follow the same principles as other plot arcs. However, at the time I didn’t know that much about plotting. Plus, great … read more »
Commentary

Five Tired Tropes About Teenagers

A cover of James Patterson's The Final Warning, where protagonist Max stands at an angle with the title printed in front of her. The teen years are a formative time for many people. Young adults need to grapple with maturity, newfound independence, and a deepening sense of self, all while surrounded by stressful environments both at school and at home. These conflict-rich situations are ripe for storytelling, and … read more »
Q&A

How Do I Write a Female Han Solo?

questions and answer talk bubbles I’m thinking of writing Han Solo-type characters who happened to either women or non-binary. I’m inspired by women both in fiction & real life, such as Gentleman Jack and Julie d’Aubigny, roguish types who make other women (& few people) swoon while swashbuckling bad guys, … read more »