One of the best ways to make characters believable is to make them complex. A simple character often comes across as a cardboard character--someone simply filling a role in the story without having his own personality, purpose, or goal. Much to my frustration, I've found this to be true too often with my own characters, so here are some of the things I've learned while trying to fix this problem.
After sifting through various character inspiration boards on Pinterest in a vain attempt to bolster my flagging motivation for my story, I've begun to realise why authors so often spend too much time describing their characters and why their characters still seem flat and boring in spite of it.
Most of the boards I came across were full of pictures of celebrities or supermodels in tight suits and awkward poses. While I have nothing against celebrities, I don't think a hundred pictures of Sebastian Stan give you good inspiration for a character. Here's why: it makes you focus on the what not the who.
Or that's my opinion anyway. But I know it's become more popular recently to end a book on a cliff hanger, especially in a series, so let's look at some of the pros and cons of ending a book on a cliff hanger.
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This is the last tip in this series and it's something every story needs. Dinosaurs at large in the park (Jurassic Park), a prince running for his life from a murderous uncle (Prince Caspian), Woody the cowboy doll stolen from a yard sale (Toy Story 2). What do these scenarios have in common? They're all examples of the hero's world turned upside-down.
Yes, Camp Nano is over (I lost, by the way), but I'm still writing my story (or I'm supposed to be) so there are a few more tips I'd like to share for getting through that messy middle section. Today it's fun and light with call backs and running gags.
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