Do we confuse the character with the author?

Do we confuse the character with the author?

“Write about you know”. That’s certainly the advice aspiring writers receive the most during their career and it makes total sense. To leave aside life experiences, people we have encountered, fears, insecurities, traumas and desires is almost impossible in any art field, let alone writing. So, where does the writer end and the character begin? For many readers, separating the character that lives the story from the writer that tells it is a complicated task. Sometimes this has a real reason behind it. The vast majority of writers incorporate part of themselves into their characters which often make them look

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Creando personajes creíbles

Algunos me habéis preguntado cómo hago para expresar de forma convincente y adecuada los sentimientos de un personaje, así que he pensado que sería interesante hablar de este tema. Como escritores, queremos asegurarnos de que nuestros personajes parezcan lo más realistas posible, incluso cuando se trata de vampiros luchando contra la raza humana o de una hada madrina. Independientemente del género, lo que hace que los lectores se pierdan entre las páginas de un libro es la forma en que se ven reflejados en el carácter de los personajes, cómo se sienten y lo que les ocurre. Hay bastante material

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Creating credible characters

Some people have asked me how I do, as a writer, to be able to express accurately and in a believable manner the way a character feels, so I thought it would be interesting to bring up this topic. As authors, we want to make our characters as realistic as possible, even if they are vampires fighting against the human race or a fairy godmother. Regardless of the genre, what makes readers lose themselves in the pages of a book is the way they can relate to the characters’ personality, how they feel and what happens to them. There is

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7 Ways to find inspiration

There is a thought that haunts most writers: running out of ideas. We are scared to death of not being able to find something interesting to write about. Therefore, I would like to share with you a few ways to find inspiration that have been useful for me: Take a walk: Going for a walk helps your brain relax. Personally, I prefer taking a walk in parks or somewhere surrounded by nature, but you may feel more inspired in an urban setting. Visiting other areas of the city you live in that you don’t normally go to might also provide you

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Why proofreading is key

One of my goals for this 2015 is to discover new authors, so with this idea in mind, I recently did a search filtered by genre (particularly epic fantasy which is one of my favourite) and I ended up with a quite interesting list of books. I read the synopsis and finally picked one that caught my attention. I found the first spelling mistake on the second page, but I thought it was probably just an oversight so I continued reading. Further along, I came across one mistake after the other that distracted me from the actual story. I wasn’t

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My NaNoWriMo experience

It’s been a week since NaNoWriMo finished and I wanted to share my experience participating for the first time. Achieving to write 2,000 words a day while fulfilling your everyday commitments (and most of us have busy lives with demanding jobs) can be overwhelming so you may want to plan ahead. This year I chose this option since I already had an idea for a story and I wanted to use NaNoWriMo as an excuse to finish my first draft. If you decide to go with this alternative, let me give you some tips that might help you along the

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