Writing Tip For The Day

To make a character interesting and memorable to the reader, he or she must have an inner/outer conflict. Conflict equals drama, and while your character must come into conflict in the plot of your novel, there must be dramatic tension in how he or she reacts externally and internally to conflict. So, for instance a character may be a do-gooder on the outside, but inside have a rage against the world because they feel used. Or they may be cold and withdrawn on the outside, while inside beats a passionate heart. The inner/outer conflict adds a dimension to your character, rounding them out so your reader will engage and believe.

About Brian Finnegan

My second novel, Knowing Me Knowing You was published in May 2013. It's about a teenage ABBA fan club who reunite 30 years later to travel to Stockholm to an ABBA reunion concert. My first novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, was published last year. It's the story of five people who loose their jobs on the same day and set up a club where they watch classic films in each other's houses every month. My full-time day job is as editor of GCN magazine in Ireland.

Posted on October 31, 2012, in Bits 'n' Pieces. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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