Imagine your place on the bookshelf of the future

Choose a protagonist from your story and spend ten minutes learning more about your character’s traits. With a little thought, you can sculpt the four cornerstones of your character in progress. Ask yourself the following questions and jot down the answers.

  1. What is your character really afraid of?
  2. What is your character hiding?
  3. What is your character’s biggest weakness?
  4. What is odd or unusual about your character?
  5. Now go back to your story. You may find there are changes you wish to make to the way you reveal your character.

Sarah Winman, author of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways

Chris Sykes, author of Complete Creative Writing Course

Choose a protagonist from your story and spend ten minutes learning more about your character’s traits. With a little thought, you can sculpt the four cornerstones of your character in progress. Ask yourself the following questions and jot down the answers.

  1. What is your character really afraid of?
  2. What is your character hiding?
  3. What is your character’s biggest weakness?
  4. What is odd or unusual about your character?
  5. Now go back to your story. You may find there are changes you wish to make to the way you reveal your character.

Lesley Bown & Ann Gawthorpe, authors of Masterclass: Writing Plays

Juno Dawson, author of dark teen thrillers, and non-fiction including Being a Boy and This Book is Gay