Building A Better Character — Alone In A Room With Invisible People, Episode #2

Becky and I have our second episode live now. We jumped all over writing better characters, where it’s easy to make mistakes, how to prevent them, how to fix them…

We had fun, and there are a few stories in this episode about how crazy characters can make you — and your story.

Here’s what we cover:

  • Basing Characters off of real people
  • What ‘Character’ is and is not and what it does
  • Digging deeper into character creation
  • Characters that surprise in good and bad ways and what to do about them

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Intro written by Holly Lisle and performed by Mark Hermann.

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4 years ago

Liked the first podcast, but this one even more. I want to listen to them both again. And I’ll download the transcripts. Killing an important character resonated. In the 3rd book (not published yet) of one of my series, I killed off a charismatic character (didn’t plan it, it just seemed right when I got to that point.) The funny thing is, three beta readers, also good critiquers, read it and said they almost cried when they got to that part, as I did. But – none suggested I shouldn’t have had him die! So it must have been the right thing to do.
Thanks to both of you for doing the podcasts.

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