Who doesn’t want to be a fiction author? You get to create your own worlds and the people who live there. Then you dream up plots that push them to their limits. It’s like being a benign (or maybe evil) despot.
It’s also one of the hardest jobs there is. Sometimes the words on the page fall short of the scene you envision. Sometimes you get stuck in the middle without any clue how to get your characters to the end of the story—even if you know how your story ends.
Luckily, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Here are some ideas from some of the most creative writers on the internet. (Click on the links to see the articles.)
- Give them awesome names.
- Give them unique voices.
- Make them interesting.
- Let them tell the story.
- Make them great lovers.
- Dress them and give them cars.
- Give them three-dimensional supporting characters.
- Drive them to exhaustion.
- Give them props.
- Injure them.