- Series: Nail Your Novel (Book 2)
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1489567429
- ISBN-13: 978-1489567420
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Really meaty advice. Am not usually a fan of character questionnaires but the questionnaires in this book ask the kind of searching questions that really help you get to know your character. Packed with interesting advice and suggestions.' M Louise Kelly
'Roz Morris follows up her bravura Nail Your Novel with this insightful guide into crafting memorable characters. She walks authors through the basics of protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters. She touches on dialogue, showing vs. telling, motive and conflict, and character relationships. My favorite sections were those on the ever-popular "character interview/questionnaire" (in which Morris offers some unique suggestions for probing the character's mind) and the appendix (in which she addresses the "Top 10 Novice Mistakes With Characters). This is a great foundational tool for any writer wanting to deepen his presentation of character.' KM Weiland, tutor at Writer's Digest
'Inspiring and brilliant for any author. It made me rethink my approach to characters and helped me turn a scene I'd written into a much sharper piece. Roz is the first person to help me understand 'show, not tell' in a way that doesn't leave me scratching my head in puzzlement. I finally feel like that concept is sinking in and I haven't even finished the book yet. I love the way she writes. Thank you, Roz, for this little gem. I hope she continues the series.' Jenny Grey
'I'd heard about Roz's book so decided to invest. I'm so glad I did. In concise language she explains all aspects of building a character. I can now see which parts I'm getting right and how to fix the parts I'm getting wrong. I read it through quickly the first time. It's a page turner! Now I'm going through it section by section to help the info sink in. After that, I have no doubt I'll be dipping into it on a regular basis. I highly recommend it.' Miss A Huskisson
'A new book by Roz Morris is always an event to be celebrated. Whether you're a novice or you've been writing all your life, there's always something to be gleaned from her gentle, humorous, yet razor-sharp tutorship. If you want to up your game, writing-wise, buy it now!' Miss Chinaski
'Learning from masterworks such as Fahrenheit 451, Jane Eyre, Lolita, and the more recently celebrated Twilight and Hunger Games series, you'll be shown how to craft powerful protagonists, vivid villains and memorable minor characters. It covers all the essentials, such as viewpoint, narrative voice, catalyst characters (think James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who) and those trouble-makers: antagonists. Morris's colloquial style frees the writer from being tangled up in technicalities.' Trevor Veale
'Another gem of a book from Roz. Easy to read and broken down into manageable sections, it helps you to create believable characters who won't just be names on the paper. She shows you how to create believable dialogue and provides a highly useful toolbox to equip you with all you need to know to engage your readers and make them eager to read on. She also helps you to think about the secondary characters. A fabulous book, written in an easy to understand language that doesn't make you clutch your forehead and reconsider the crochet. An essential reference for the would-be writer, I would recommend it without hesitation. Make sure you get the first book, too.' Sharon Booth
'I'm reading it for the second time now, and it only gets better.' Mars Dorian
'I have read many books on writing and I would say this contains some of the best advice. Every aspect of characterisation is covered, supported with examples. There is an excellent chapter on the mistakes that novice writers make. The book concludes with writing exercises, some of which are original in the extreme. I certainly intend to try many of them out. If you want to lift your characters out of the humdrum and give your novel zing and tension, this is the book for you.' Wen
About the Author
Roz Morris's fiction has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, although you won't have seen her name on the covers as she ghostwrote for high-profile authors. She is now writing acclaimed fiction under her own name - My Memories of a Future Life and Lifeform Three. She is a writer, journalist, fiction editor and the author of the Nail Your Novel series for writers. She teaches creative writing masterclasses for The Guardian newspaper in London.
Her websites are www.rozmorris.wordpress.com and www.nailyournovel.com
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Well, if you are about to take that clifftop leap into novel writing, fear not. Roz Morris has provided the parachute that will protect you from landing in a crumpled heap of uncrafted characters.
In her previous Nail Your Novel guide for fiction creators, Morris covered the groundwork of story telling, from starting a novel with confidence, through planning, drafting, rewriting to submission for publication. In her latest novel-writers' manual, Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters To Life, she tackles the big issue of how to make readers eager to lose themselves in the world your characters inhabit and the story they unfold.
Learning from the character techniques of masterworks such as Fahrenheit 451, Jane Eyre, Lolita, and the more recently celebrated Twilight and Hunger Games series, you'll be shown how to craft powerful protagonists, vivid villains and memorable minor characters. Sound principles of character crafting are given, in chapters detailing all the essentials, covering such items as viewpoint, narrative voice, catalyst characters (think James Bond, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who) and those trouble-makers: antagonists.
Whether your characters are savvy, vulnerable, embattled or just plain dystopian (the trials of Nineteen Eighty-Four's Winston Smith, forex), their chief features are given the Morris tune-up to ensure you keep the reader involved in their lives. From designing central characters, the key players around whom the cast members grow, to managing the number of 'extras' in your cast, every aspect of character creation is illumined. An added bonus: Morris's colloquial style frees the writer from being tangled up in technicalities.
With Roz Morris as your guide, your characters will carry your novel to a most happy landing. Now make that leap.
My writing tends to be dialogue heavy, so my first thought was that dialogue was the problem. where, then could I get advice? I turned to Roz Morris, whose blog I’ve found helpful in the past. I thought maybe if I emailed her, she’d find the question interesting enough to write a blog post about it so I could learn from her experience.
I did get a reply from Roz, to tell me she’d covered the subject in a book about making characters come alive. The book wasn’t expensive so I grabbed the kindle version, and what a treasure trove I found!
I read the book through without stopping except for the occasional nod where she mentioned common mistakes and I realised I’d made most of them.
Here’s one example to show how valuable this book is. I carefully crafted a chapter, building momentum and atmosphere to the point where the antagonist drops an emotional bomb. Bang. End of chapter. Will my readers turn the page? Yes. No doubt at all. They have to know what happens next. In the next chapter it’s the next day. The story continued, but there was something missing; my main characters reaction. It made a huge difference.
Once I read this book I understood what was missing, I got some help on dialogue, but I also got much more. I recommend the book to every writer out there who has a story but knows something’s missing. Characters are the heart of anything we write, and this book will help you make characters just as alive for your readers as they are for you.