Specific Character Types


So You Want To Have An Attractive Character?
Tips and advice to up the attractiveness and sex appeal of your characters.

Tips To Create & Write Better Non-Protagonist Characters (NPCs)
Make better, more believable, and more dynamic NPCs, whether in the traditional sense (non-player characters in a roleplaying game), or in the sense of minor characters in a story.

Tips To Create & Write Better Parents & Parental Figures - NEW!
How to write better and more believable parents - whether it's your main characters' parents/parental figures, or your main characters as parents/parental figures.

Basic Tips To Write Better (And More Likeable) Badasses
Tips to write badasses that your audience won't hope the "bad" guys will kill.

On Writing Sympathetic Morally-Ambiguous Characters
Some pointers to help keep characters who operate in the gray sympathetic to audiences.

Tips For Writing Lovable Jerks
Writing a jerk character? Want people to like your jerk, or at the very least not completely hate your jerk's guts? Here are some tips!

Things We Need More In Female Characters & Their Stories
Some things that don't show up nearly often enough.

Basic Tips To Write Better Chosen Ones
Some pointers to help you write this easily-borked character type.

Tips For Writing Better Immortal & Long-Lived Characters
Tips to write long-lived characters who don't act like a bunch of addle-brained teenagers.

Tips To Write Better Royalty, Nobility, & Other Upper-Class & Important Characters
Better and more believable royals, nobles, and just plain ol' rich people.

On Writing & Roleplaying Wise Characters
Tips to help you portray characters who will be perceived as wise - and not simply condescending or arrogant, as so many attempts at wise characters end up being.

On Writing & Roleplaying Mysterious Characters
How to write mysterious characters while avoiding many of the traps people fall into while trying to do so.

On Writing & Roleplaying Characters Who Are Good Leader Material
Traits and qualities that make a good leader good.

On Writing & Roleplaying Characters Who Are Competent Tacticians
Stuff that people who are good tacticians will do and practice - both on the battlefield and out of it.

Basic Tips To Write Better Geniuses, Scientists, & Intellectuals
How to write smart characters who aren't horribly dull or straw Vulcans, or some kind of ridiculous cerebral superbeings.

On Writing Mentally Ill & Insane Characters
Some things that people who plan to write characters with mental issues need to know and keep in mind.

On Writing Misfits, Loners, & Malcontents
Writing about characters who are isolated, outsiders, or live on the fringes of society.

Basic Tips To Make Scarier & Better Creepypasta & Horror Creeps
Some pointers on making your creepypasta and horror nasties more menacing.

Assassins: Tips & Guidelines To Write & Play Them More Believably
Make your assassins a bit more believable than the usual fare these days.

Spies: A Few Things Writers & Roleplayers Should Know About Them
Some things to know and keep in mind if you plan on writing or roleplaying a spy.

Tips For Writing More "Masculine" Characters
Because if I see Steve Rogers act like a 16-year-old girl one more time, I'm going to have to start punching trees and peeing on fences.

The Case For Killing The "Blank Slate" Character
Many writers create characters who are deliberately left undeveloped so that audiences can project themselves onto them. But here's why they might be bad for your story!

On Writing Likeable & Useful Sidekicks
Annoying sidekicks can be a big turn-off in any story. Here are some tips to avoid this problem.

Basic Tips To Create Better Characters With Tragic & Traumatic Backstories
Often necessary to a character, but very often handled poorly.

Simple Tips To Avoid Making Your Character A Damsel In Distress
Want to avoid making your character a damsel in distress, or are you worried that your character might be one? Here you go!

Children & Cute Things
The section on writing children and cute things.

Villains & Villainy
The section on writing villains.



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