Strong characters are the single most important part of any story. To watch all of our videos on creating great characters, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific character development topic, use the list below or the search bar.

A Quick Tip for Fleshing Out Your Characters

Kellie Sheridan shares one of her tips for creating well-rounded characters.


Today we’re talking all about ANTAGONISTS. Let us know your favorite villains, as well as any questions you might have about writing strong antagonists, in the discussion section!

Antagonists I Love to Hate

Recurring guest WordNerd talks about writing strong antagonists, and provides examples of her favorite villains while looking into what makes them good antagonists.

Balancing Backstory

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all things backstory–when to use it, how much to use, prologues, and more!

Becky Albertalli: Connecting With Characters

Becky Albertalli–award winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda–talks about connecting with your characters.

Beware Naming Trends

Rachel Sargeant talks about name tropes and the trends she’s been seeing in character names lately.

Building Characters: Introductions

Emma Kate talks about how to create strong characters in this two-part series. Part 1: Introductions Part 2: Choices

Caitlyn Laster: The Basics of Writing Blind Characters

Writer Caitlyn Laster (also known by her pen name Cheyenne Raphael!) shares her advice for anyone trying to write blind or visually impaired characters.

Caroline Leech: Writing Accents

Caroline Leech–YA author of WAIT FOR ME (HarperTeen, Jan 2017)–talks about how to write characters who speak with accents.


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all about how to make new, well-rounded characters.

Character Intros that Inspire

Erica Crouch talks about how Maggie Stiefvater introduces readers to her characters in The Raven Boys, and how we can learn from that and apply it to our own writing.

Character Specific Playlists!

Olivia, an intern at Patchwork Press, stops by to talk about making specific playlists for your characters!

Character Trait Roulette

Rachel Sargeant plays a game to help build characters.

Crafting Strong Characters Using Tests Like the MBTI

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss how using the Myers Briggs test (and other tests like it) can help you get to know your characters better and make them more realistic to your readers.

Creating Character Chemistry

S. Gonzales stops by to talk about creating chemistry between all your characters. Meet S. Gonzales at…

Creating Strong Character Arcs

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how to make sure your character has a strong arc throughout the course of your story.

Does Your Villain Match Your Protagonist?

Meghan talks about villains that she’s tired of seeing, and the types of villains she’d be much more interested in reading about.

Ellie Moreton: Character Chemistry and Acidity

Author Ellie Moreton guest vlogs about character chemistry –specifically characters with acidic relationships–based off of things she learned watching Breaking Bad!

Everything You Need to Know About CHARACTER VOICE

Meghan breaks down the essentials of character voice: what it is, how to make your characterizations good/strong, and she provides some exercises to help strengthen voice. MORE RESOURCES ON VOICE: ShaelinWrites on Character voice: Correcting Weak Character Voice: RESOURCES ON DIALOGUE: Jenna Moreci on Writing Dialogue: Tips for Writing Great Dialogue: […]

Families in Young Adult Lit

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about the role of family members in YA books and how to write good family members.


Emma, Kellie, and Meghan rank 64 Game of Thrones characters, bracket style! THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD YOUR OWN BRACKET: To save the spreadsheet for yourself, you have two options: 1. File / Make a Copy / Okay (on the box that pops up and asks if you want to make the copy in your […]

Getting to Know New Characters

Emma Kate talks about how she gets to know new characters using her writing notebooks and the Myers Briggs test.

How to Focus on Features

Rachel Sargeant talks about how to build strong characterization by delving deeper than the basic hair/eye color features of a character.

How to Write Alternating POVs

E. Latimer talks about how to write alternating points of view in your work.

How to Write Stronger Villains

Kellie shares three tips on how to write stronger villains into your novels. Like all writing advice, it may not work for everyone, but hopefully something here will help you strengthen your writing and your characters!

Killing Off Characters

Rachel Sargeant talks about whether you should really kill of that character, and how to make sure you do it well.

Killing Your Characters

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all about character deaths and how to write them well.

Likeable and Relatable Characters

Emma Kate talks about what it means to have a likeable or relatable character and how you can make your characters these things.

Maintaining a Large Cast of Characters

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about books that have large casts of characters, and how you can write a stellar cast of characters in your novels.

Multiple POVs

Emma Kate talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?

Orphan Black and Characterization

Emma Kate is inspired to create complex, diverse characters, and talks about how you can do it too.

Parents in YA

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds discuss the role that parents currently play in Young Adult lit, as well as the role they’d like to see parents play in the future.

Pre-Writing in Pinterest

Desiraye Williams gives a tutorial of how she prepares to write a novel using Pinterest!

PREPTOBER 2020: Character Building Workshop!

This week we’ll have a workshop aimed at helping you create the characters for your NaNoWriMo 2020 project.

Prevent Your Characters

Rachel Sargeant talks about how to be absolutely horrible to your characters (for the greater good).


Meghan gets into a fight with one of her problem characters.

So, You Want to Write an Immortal?

Rachel Sargeant talks about things to consider if you want to write an immortal character. Overly Sarcastic Productions ‘Trope Talk: Immortals’:

Take your Characters Out!

Desiraye Williams shares how she creates characters in a new way that goes beyond character worksheets.

The DOs and DON’Ts of Character Death

Erica Crouch talks about which character deaths are meaningful and which ones fall flat.

Three Questions to Ask Your Character

E. Latimer provides three questions that you can ask to get inspired to write awesome characters.

Tips on Naming Characters

Rachel Sargeant shares her best advice for choosing a name for your character.

Two Questions I Always Ask About New Characters

Recurring guest WordNerds Kyra Nelson shares two questions she always asks when crafting a new character.


In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about villains of all kinds and how you can write a deliciously evil villain that readers will love to hate.

Weird Phobias

Rachel Sargeant shares some uncommon phobias that you might be able to use for writing inspiration.

What a Strong Character Really Is

Rachel Sargeant talks about what a strong character is beyond just a sword-wielding badass.

What Makes a Good Villain?

Today a few of the WordNerds share some of their favorite villains, and offer up some ideas about what makes them so engaging. Maybe we can all learn a thing or two about how to write stronger villains together!

When Can Characters Describe Themselves?

We’ve all heard the advice not to have your character look in a mirror and describe themselves. So when can your character tell us what they look like?


Tonight we are doing another workshop. This time: CHARACTERS! Whether you’re plotting or revising, we’ve got exercises that will hopefully help you flesh out the characters in your novel so that they’re more realistic and three dimensional. Let us know your character building questions in the discussion section, and we’ll try to answer them live! […]

Writing Better Antagonists

Desiraye Williams shares some tips for writing a great antagonist.

Writing Characters with Mental Illness

E. Latimer talks about writing characters with mental illness in way that aren’t problematic. Links to Mental Health Resources: writing mental and physical disability in YA/MG: Mental Health in YA: Mental Health in General Fiction:

Writing Compelling Characters!

This week, we talk all about character development and writing a character that will fascinate readers.

Writing Contradictions

Rachel Sargeant talks about how to make your characters three-dimensional by writing contradictions.

Writing Real Life Characters

E. Latimer talks about putting real people into your fiction. Should you?

Writing Realistic Characters

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how to write a three-dimensional character.

Writing Realistic Female Characters

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about writing strong female characters of all types.

Writing Realistic Male Characters

In this Sunday special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how to write realistic male characters and the role gender plays in developing your character.

Writing Realistic Villains

E. Latimer talks about how to make an antagonist that will terrify your readers because they’re so realistic.

Writing Unlikable Characters

Meghan gives some tips for writing unlikable characters that readers will love to hate.

Your Character’s Emotional Arc

E. Latimer talks about crafting strong character arcs.


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