A Writer’s Guide to Background Characters

It’s easy to rely on stock personalities for background characters. They're in the background, after all. Who's going to notice that Guard #5 is the same guard from every other piece of media ever? But if you throw in at least one personality trait that contrasts with what readers expect, you can bring these bit-part … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Background Characters

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A Writer’s Guide to Strong Female Characters

Okay. This post is going to be less about How To and How Not To and more about what a Strong Female Character is, and what a Strong Female Character is not. "But Mara," you might be saying, "obviously a strong female character is a female character who is strong. It's all there in the … Continue reading A Writer’s Guide to Strong Female Characters