Reveal your character through his words

One of the most effective ways of revealing character is through the character presenting himself in his own words.

If you just write: “He had no problem in spreading lies and innuendos” you know little about your character, but if you use his words, such as Trump’s words about Obama’s birth certificate, you get an immediate impression of the man:

“Who knows about Obama? … Who knows, who knows? Who cares right now?… I have my own theory on Obama. Someday I will write a book, I will do another book, and it will do very successfully.” (taken from an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on January 6, 2016)

The Mask of The Common Woman

Even though when we read a story, we recognise people and details from the real world around us, these stories would be pointless had the hero not been extraordinary in one way or another.

We can quickly lose interest if the hero is not somehow out of the ordinary. She may wear the mask of the common woman, but underneath this mask lies the true hero.

Don’t be biased

Bias is not a good starting-point for interesting dialogue. A biased writer may like to give his hero all the best lines but such dialogue only belongs to the predictable world of soap operas.

Biased dialogue can feel like a fixed wrestling match between good and evil. The writer shouldn’t insult his readers by delivering such nonsense.