Writing Vivid Characters is a non-fiction guide to help writers create compelling characters about whom the reader really cares. Rayne Hall gives you some deep, soul searching methods to make your characters feel real, fascinating and memorable, long after the book has ended.
If you are at a loss as to how to develop characters, but yearn for them to become your reader’s next best friend, then this book offers you many tools. There is advice on: the number of characters a book could have, their name choices, roles and methods to decide if the character enriches the story enough for you to keep or cut them.
Rayne suggests some serious role play may be the answer if ever you’ve had feedback with phrases like these: a too-large cast of characters, I didn’t connect with the protagonist, I didn’t care about what happened, I found myself skipping the boring bits.
A useful book for aspiring writers and ideal to read alongside another of Rayne’s Writer’s Craft books, Writing Deep Point Of View.
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Do you want to create compelling characters about whom the readers care deeply?
This book reveals professional techniques to invent individuals who are so real that your readers will love or hate, fear or root for them, and so fascinating that your readers will remember them forever.
About the author
Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction, some of it quirky, most of it dark. She is the author of over sixty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, e-zines and anthologies.
After living in Germany, China, Mongolia and Nepal, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more. Outside publishing, she worked as a museum guide, apple
picker, tarot reader, adult education teacher, trade fair hostess, translator and belly dancer.
Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.
Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing Dark Stories, Writing About Villains, Writing Short Stories to Promote Your Novel, Writing About Magic, Twitter for Writers) are bestsellers.