Likeable Characters

Writers in The Storm continues to impress me with their posts. Writers, don’t pass this one up!

Writers In The Storm Blog

First of all, we at Writers in the Storm must let you know that we continue to be blown away by your  first lines. Your responses rained tantalizing hooks across pages of comments. Today we are pleased to welcome back Shannon Donnelly with another one of her fantastic writing lessons to help you turn those great first lines into solid, sellable stories with likeable characters from the beginning.

by Shannon Donnelly

shannondonnelly_nm1If you have a choice, are you going to spend the evening with folks you like—or with people who make you grind your teeth? I’m going to bet on the former. This holds true in a book, too—readers (all of us) want to spend time with folks we like. This is a huge issue in any book—it was one I faced in A Cardros Ruby. Initially, the heroine started off as just too cranky and too hard to…

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About Diana Douglas

Diana Douglas, author. Coorganizer of the Arizona Novel Writers Workshop. Member Arizona Historical Novel Society, Member BooksGoSocial Authors, Transplanted Texan. http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com http://twitter.com/#!/themodernscribe
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6 Responses to Likeable Characters

  1. So interesting Shannon chose this topic today. I just posted this same topic yesterday, and used Lecter as an example too. He’s such a good one isn’t he? http://cynthiarobertson.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/dissecting-dexter-lecter-and-ripley/

    • I was going to ask if you were okay with my reblogging your post tomorrow since it’s a good follow up to Shannon’s. Lecter and Dexter are both great examples. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately since the protagonists in my current WIP are very flawed.

  2. Yes, I read this one and thought it was great!

  3. You have a wealth of wonderful information on your site, Diana. I’ll try not to spend too much time exploring. (Ha!) And thanks for the blog love!
    -Fae Rowen

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