Who Else Wants to Know How to Write More Interesting Characters and Better Stories?
Easy As Learning Your ABC's
A character is what he does, yes — but even more, a character is what he means to do.
What makes a work of fiction memorable?
Think of your favorite books and short stories. Why do you like them so much?
The story itself has to be interesting, of course. The plot, the settings, how you engage the reader's senses through descriptions. All of that is important.
But characters are what we remember the most, right?
• Elizabeth Bennet
• Atticus Finch
• Holden Caulfield
• Scarlett O'Hara
• Hannibal Lecter
• Harry Potter
Those are all instantly recognizable names that have made the books they're in popular and enduring. Why? Because of their memorable personalities and actions.
As authors, we all strive to create those kinds of characters. Who doesn't want to become known as the next Jane Austen, J.D. Salinger, or J.K. Rowling?
Say those well known names and you instantly think of their most famous literary characters.
So how do we get there? How can we create those kinds of memorable, interesting, thought-provoking characters?
That's something I've always tried to accomplish as a fiction writer. And honestly, it was a struggle.
The more I wrote, the more I realized that the best writers - the ones we all instantly recognize by name - are the ones who bring to life vivid characters. Characters that we, as readers, come to see as real people.
It bothered me that my own characters usually didn't rise to that level. I wanted to figure out how to make them more interesting, more life-like, more memorable.
In my searching, I ran across a famous person in the world of psychology, and one of his theories in particular flipped a switch in my mind.
I realized that what he discovered about what drives human behavior is the key to creating the kinds of characters I'd been struggling to write.
And it's so simple. Honestly, it blew me away just how truly simple this all is.
I actually got a little mad at myself for not coming to this realization myself. It's one of those. You know - where you slap your forehead when you see it because it was right there in front of you all along.
So I wrote up an explanation just for fiction writers like me. I knew if I could use this, many of you could too.
I call it...
The ABC Character Method
The reason I call it that will become clear the first time you read it.
I have included lots of examples and some simple writing exercises to get you started. Once you do, you'll probably discover (as I quickly did) that ideas for better characters come flooding into your mind.
It was a little shocking when I started doing this... in a good way!
This is a quick read (26 pages). That's because the concept is simple and easy to grasp. It becomes a habit almost immediately as you start fleshing out characters. It's intuitive because you do it all the time in your daily life, when you interact with other people.
That's why what I'm going to show you is so powerful. It reflects real life.
Your characters will be better because they'll be more like actual people you encounter (including yourself) literally every day in the real world.
Are you curious? I hope so!
I'm excited about this! I'm certain you will be too. You'll probably sit right down and start writing little character scenes, like I did, just to see how many different directions you can take it. It's actually a lot of fun.
That'll make a lot more sense once you read my explanation.
I've decided to offer this at a discounted price for a week or so, then raise it to the full price. So take advantage of my kind nature and get a copy now! :)
PS - The ABC Character Method is eye-opening, but surprisingly simple to do. You'll see. Add this to your writer's toolkit. It's something you'll turn to again and again.