My #BookReview of #NonFiction Writing Vivid Characters by @RayneHall #WritingTips

Writing Vivid Characters: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 18)Writing Vivid Characters: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors by Rayne Hall
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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Book Description

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

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.

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Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors (Writer's Craft Book 16)Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional Techniques for Fiction Authors by Rayne Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Writing Vivid Dialogue: Professional techniques for Fiction Authors. This book aims to offer a toolbox of techniques for authors to cherry pick to enable their characters to carry the plot forward and entertain their readers. Rayne suggests that this book could also be used as an advance dialogue writing course and I agree with this statement.

Set out in easy to use chapters, the book covers a huge range of ideas; building tension, working with contractions, making dialogue tight, body language and one with a word I love “Zingers”.

Some of my favourite chapters were the ones about dialogue tags, dialogue beats and how people talk in Historical fiction.

I always find much I can use in Rayne’s books, they deliver advice which you can start using today and are great value for money. Real recommended reading for authors.

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Want to buy these books as a bundle? Some of my readers have expressed an interest so here are some links to bundles of Rayne’s book

My own Amazon account is also offering me my own bundle of the remaining books I do not own, so do search for the bundle in your own account as see what you get. pack 1 – pack 2

or – Pack 1 – pack 2