How To Make Them Stand Out Without Being Obnoxious

By Jaybie Jarrett

Think of some memorable main characters you’ve enjoyed reading about/watching.  Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, Edward Elric, Katniss Everdeen, or Harry Potter maybe.  What was it about them that set them apart from the other characters?    They have quirks, things that make them unique.  It can be important to have your main character have something about them that makes them stand out from the crowd a little.  They should usually be someone you can root for, maybe likeable.  But they should also be fallible, like you and me.    You need to make them a human, albeit an extraordinary human. 

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Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book’s about them.

Jocelyn Hughes (via writewild)

Things almost every author needs to research



  • How bodies decompose
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mob mentality
  • Other cultures
  • What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
  • Common tropes in your genre
  • Average weather for your setting


acerbicaftertaste asked:
Do any of you have any tips on writing about or describing music? Whether it's an actual melody or transcribing lyrics being sung, I have a hard time finding a way to portray music that doesn't feel gimmicky.


I’m not musically gifted at all… so I really can’t write out my own guide. The best I can do is give you these resources and publish the ask in case any of our Followers know where to send you.

Musicians Guides



I hope this helps…

- enlee