Recently, we discussed how to make your characters more three-dimensional in my latest article, 7 Secrets to Building Awesome Characters. But what happens when you create a character so awesome, they’ve been overdone?

Well, here’s one little secret I’m going to let you in on; they probably have. That’s not to say they aren’t good, but it more than likely means you’re not going to “WOW!” anyone.

Like in everyday life, we judge everything.  For instance, if you meet a perfect stranger, you immediately categorize them according to the groups you recognize. Are they male or female? Are they taller or shorter than you? Larger or smaller? Darker or lighter skinned? What colored eyes do they have? What colored hair do they have? What kind of accent do they have? All this tells us, subconsciously, who they may be, where they possibly came from, and what culture or background we believe they have, all without asking them.

And it’ll be done to your character’s as well.

It’s built into our biology. The more like us the stranger is, the safer and more secure we feel.

Characters can just as easily make a good or bad first impression, which can ultimately make or break your book. As writers, we can use this to our advantage, but we must approach this with caution. A character that brings in a stereotype is normally met with recognition by the audience, but that can be where their interest ends.

Stereotyped characters can come off boring and predictable, which can make your story boring and predictable. However, if they are able to break the stereotype, you have introduced a reason for your audience to become curious, and their interest will spike!

Here are 4 examples of Popular Characters (with stereotypes) that could slay your novel or potentially earn you a book deal!

Writer’s block is known to be a career killer to many aspiring writers, and unfortunately, anything can cause it. If you’ve read 4 Signs You May Have Writer’s Block, then you should be able to determine whether it’s hit you yet.

Fortunately for you, I’ve been in a constant battle with it, and I’ve had time to come up with great ways to making sure it’s been kicked to the curb! Now, what I’m about to share with you may or may not work for you, but it doesn’t hurt to try it. And you’ll find that these steps are so stupidly easy you won’t have to go out and buy a book to help your creative juices.

Full disclosure, writer’s block makes a profit, and I’ve fallen for the scheme of buying a “Writing a novel for dummies” book to help me get past this issue. Here’s a little secret – it didn’t help. So, to prevent you from making the same mistake I did, I’ve decided to share what I learned with you for free! 

I will be honest, though, when you learn these 4 steps, you’re going to kick yourself. It’s honestly not something you would think would help, or in some instances, it’s not something you even think of doing. I’ve discussed writer’s block with other author’s and how they deal with this themselves, and each story I get is different. This is how I overcome it and I hope it helps you!

Coming up with an idea for a story is the easy part. I’ve done it countless times while doing the dishes, vacuuming the floor, or even folding laundry. I don’t know how many times I’ve lost myself to my daydreams while planning a potential story–I’ve been writing since I was twelve and my process hadn’t changed in decades. But one thing that has changed is this:

Writing can be quite a chore!

Honestly, I envy the people who are writing machines! They remind me of the energizer bunny; they keep going and going and going. Frankly, that isn’t me. Now, don’t confuse that with an inability to write! I am a writing pro (toot toot!) and it is my calling. However those who are able to produce an endless supply of creativity and push out manuscript after manuscript in such a short amount of time makes me incredibly jealous! I know I’m not alone in the world and I’ve read countless blogs to overcome my own writer’s block, but sometimes I haven’t found anything worthwhile to help me.

So instead, I’ve put forth a system that has done the trick for me. This took years of practice to perfect (because I’m such a perfectionist), so I’m really excited to share it with you! But before we even get into how to properly deal with writer’s block, we first need to understand why it happens.

One thing you have to remember is that coming down with writer’s block or even procrastinating doesn’t make you any less of a writer! Lacking the motivation to tackle your next (or current) writing project is nothing to be shameful of either.

In fact it’s completely normal!

Let’s first dive into some of the reason’s why writer’s block happens…

Some of the most exciting moments about writing any story is building the characters. They are the most important aspects – aside from your plot – that bring your story to life. Without them, you would have nothing but empty words between pages of a book; a lifeless story with no complexity or deeper meaning to keep your audience engaged.

Characters are the soul of fictional literature, the things we often dream and fantasize about after reading. They are the connection that transports us into the story and allows us to become a part of the narrative. Whether they are small and brief, or large and in-charge, characters are meant to drive the story along a wild journey from start to finish.

But, what no one tells you about Character Development is that there is no quick cut way to giving life to your characters.

Often, you’ll find articles expressing how easy it is to build them, but what they don’t mention is that just giving your characters a name and an occupation isn’t going to do anything to help your book.

Here are 7 things you need to know that no writer will come out and tell you.

Hey there, I’m Crystal Maddux! I help aspiring author’s design and create a stunningly unique fiction manuscript. Learn more…

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