Spice Up Your Boring, Predictable Female Characters By Considering More Possibilities
Hi. Britt here with something I'm sure you'll find very useful if you have trouble writing interesting, believable female characters for your stories.
Good characters make for better books, and I've put together something that will definitely help you write better characters!
If you're like me, you often find yourself doubting the characters you create for your fiction. Especially female characters.
It can wear you out, all that second-guessing and doubting. It sure was wearing me out!
I'd finally had enough. It was slowing down my fiction writing and just generally becoming a real pain in the butt.
So I decided to do something about it. And now I'm ready to share it with you.
This contains over 100 pages of unique, highly useful info - all about creating better female characters for better books!
As you can see from the cover, I've focused on character sketches in four popular genres:
►British Regency Era
Within each of those 4 genres, I've created 3 different types of female characters you can use in your stories:
►Strong, Independent Woman with a Past
►Heroine in a Hero's World
Want more details? No problem!
Here are the kinds of characters I've sketched for you in each of the 4 genres:
Strong, Independent Woman With a Past:
►Romance: The female equivalent of a womanizer. She is a "manizer" (or serial dater) who doesn't want to fall in love, or who has an impossible love ideal.
►British Regency: Through circumstance or her own choice, she has difficulties dealing with society.
►American Western: She's done what she had to do to make her own way in this rough-and-tumble world.
►Crime/Thriller/Mystery: Something in her personal or professional (or both) life keeps her from success/happiness.
►Romance: Socially awkward nerdy girl who's a bit clueless when it comes to romance.
►British Regency: Genius oddball who isn't accepted by scientific men or society women.
►American Western: Woman using her brilliance to go where no white woman has gone before, or who is trying to achieve her goals where there are fewer established rules against her ambitions.
►Crime/Thriller/Mystery: Amateur sleuth, very much emulating a 'superhero' world. A mild-mannered geeky girl who surprises even herself with how tough she can be when she's in trouble.
Heroine in a Hero's World:
►Romance: Tomboyish woman waiting for someone to finally see the real her, beyond just being "one of the guys."
►British Regency: An entitled, powerful member of the aristocracy who resents anyone telling her that there are things that she can't say or do.
►American Western: Brave, strong woman doing what is seen as "man's work" - and doing it well.
►Crime/Thriller/Mystery: Underestimated, super-competitive woman always beating the men around her to the punch - whether or not she ever gets the credit.
NOTE: For British Regency and American Westerns, I've included real people who have similar qualities to the characters detailed above. This is for those of you who like to include real historical people in your stories as main, supporting, or even just background characters.
You get a total of 12 character sketches (3 for each of the 4 genres).
Here's the format for each sketch:
1. Physical Description
-Background Issues Leading to Flaws
-Personal Flaws (Internal)
-Social Flaws (External)
5. This Character's Essence
For each element, you get a list of possibilities so you can develop your character exactly the way you want. You'll have a ton of possibilities for variety and memorable personality in your characters!
This will help if you're trying to come up with a story based on a character. It will also help if you have the story and need a character that will complement your plot and keep it on track.
I've even included an Introduction, where I tell you how I use these possibilities lists and give you suggestions for ways to use them to come up with compelling characters in your own stories.
Here's what one reader of Character Sketch Possibilities:
Heroine Pack has to say about it:
First of all, this is a product from Britt. She has a knack for looking at problems writers face, and finding innovative ways to solve them. So, when she offered to send me her Female Character Sketches -- a 17-page tutorial plus three very thorough character guides (each 30+ pages) -- I dropped everything I was doing to see her latest advice.
And I'm glad that I did.
I write books. A lot of books. And, unfortunately, a lot of my female characters are me... just in a different time period, or facing different challenges. After a while, they all sound alike.
Sure, I've tried watching movies and immersing myself in those archetypes. I have a copy of "Writer's Guide to Character Traits" at my elbow. And, I can practically recite every trope from the book, "45 Master Characters."
In my books, the females STILL sound like me by the third chapter. Even I find them boring!
That's why Britt's "Female Character Sketches" are such a relief to read. I'm writing historical romances, and she presented me with several mix-and-match ways to create characters SO three-dimensional and SO realistic, it's like they're sitting next to me. I understand their stories, their motivations, and how they'd react... and that's usually different from how I might, in the same circumstances.
Frankly, THIS is the character material I've needed.
If -- like me -- you've struggled to create female characters who are the right balance of strong and vulnerable, with credible goals and motivation, I highly recommend "Female Character Sketches." They're not just sweet shortcuts when you're plotting your stories, they're powerful guides that can bring more authenticity and depth to your writing.
How to Use This Character Sketch
I know most of us worry that our characters will be too one-dimensional or too predictable for readers.
This gives you options to avoid those problems.
Your readers will be impressed and want to keep reading the current book and all your future ones!
Look, I'm just going to tell you honestly: you might not need this. If you're already really good at creating believable, personable female characters that readers rave about, then I probably can't give you anything to improve on that.
But, if you have any doubts or worries about your female characters, I am certain that this will help you - probably a whole lot!
If you know your characters could be better, this is just what you need!