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.
Kellie Sheridan shares one of her tips for creating well-rounded characters.
Recurring guest WordNerd talks about writing strong antagonists, and provides examples of her favorite villains while looking into what makes them good antagonists.
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–award winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda–talks about connecting with your characters.
Rachel Sargeant talks about name tropes and the trends she’s been seeing in character names lately.
Emma Gisclair talks about how to create strong characters in this two-part series. Part 1: Introductions Part 2: Choices
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–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.
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.
Olivia, an intern at Patchwork Press, stops by to talk about making specific playlists for your characters!
Rachel Sargeant plays a game to help build characters.
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.
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.
Meghan Jashinsky talks about villains that she’s tired of seeing, and the types of villains she’d be much more interested in reading about.
Author Ellie Moreton guest vlogs about character chemistry –specifically characters with acidic relationships–based off of things she learned watching Breaking Bad!
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 Gisclair talks about how she gets to know new characters using her writing notebooks and the Myers Briggs test.
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to build strong characterization by delving deeper than the basic hair/eye color features of a character.
E. Latimer talks about how to write alternating points of view in your work.
Rachel Sargeant talks about whether you should really kill of that character, and how to make sure you do it well.
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk all about character deaths and how to write them well.
Emma Gisclair talks about what it means to have a likeable or relatable character and how you can make your characters these things.
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.
Emma Gisclair talks all about points of view. How many should who have? Who should they belong to?
Emma Gisclair is inspired to create complex, diverse characters, and talks about how you can do it too.
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.
Desiraye Williams gives a tutorial of how she prepares to write a novel using Pinterest!
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to be absolutely horrible to your characters (for the greater good).
Meghan Jashinsky gets into a fight with one of her problem characters.
Desiraye Williams shares how she creates characters in a new way that goes beyond character worksheets.
Erica Crouch talks about which character deaths are meaningful and which ones fall flat.
E. Latimer provides three questions that you can ask to get inspired to write awesome characters.
Rachel Sargeant shares her best advice for choosing a name for your character.
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.
Rachel Sargeant shares some uncommon phobias that you might be able to use for writing inspiration.
Rachel Sargeant talks about what a strong character is beyond just a sword-wielding badass.
Desiraye Williams shares some tips for writing a great antagonist.
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: http://disabilityinkidlit.com/ Mental Health in YA: https://bookriot.com/2018/10/02/ya-books-about-mental-illness/ Mental Health in General Fiction: https://www.bustle.com/p/10-new-books-about-mental-illness-to-read-in-2018-7923035
Rachel Sargeant talks about how to make your characters three-dimensional by writing contradictions.
E. Latimer talks about putting real people into your fiction. Should you?
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about how to write a three-dimensional character.
In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about writing strong female characters of all types.
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.
E. Latimer talks about how to make an antagonist that will terrify your readers because they’re so realistic.
Meghan Jashinsky gives some tips for writing unlikable characters that readers will love to hate.
E. Latimer talks about crafting strong character arcs.