Creating Legends – How to craft characters readers adore … or despise! is a comprehensive and detailed graphic eBook that includes tips and tricks for creating compelling, engaging, relatable characters.
In forty-five concise pages, Kathy Edens and Lisa Lepki, writers at ProWritingAid, an online writing editor and personal writing coach, have summarized almost everything important I’ve learned about developing characters including:
– Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: what every character needs,
– Why you should throw your main character under a bus – to raise the stakes,
– Digging beyond life to create realistic characters.
There’s also a nifty graphic detailing The Psychology of Characters, links to character traits and character analysis worksheets, and even a therapist’s quiz you can take you yourself (I’m highly conceited, snobby and vain).
Its graphic style uses larger fonts for headlines and blocks of color that make it easy and fun to read.
This little, unpretentious book is big on practical tips and ideas that can be easily incorporated by authors with immediate and positive results.