Lynette Noni provides some great advice on character development. Check out her post and just remember to “Flaw your Favorites.”
Over the past fortnight—when I haven’t been editing my novel or making sure to stay employed—I’ve re-read the entire Harry Potter series (I’m a fast reader, thankfully). It’s been amazing. It’s also been extremely eye-opening. And that’s because I read them all as an actual writer this time (rather than just for entertainment value), so I paid more attention to elements I would normally absorb without thinking.
So, why did I do it, you ask?
Well, I guess I wanted to re-read the series because, let’s face it, JK Rowling is one of those authors who helped revolutionise the world of fiction. No matter how many other books come and go, Harry Potter remains the industry ‘stock standard’ by which many other novels are compared. That’s just the way it is. I mean, sure, I’m generalising here. I guess I should be more genre-specific (for all those nit-pickers out there), so how about we agree that most…
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