Hi and welcome to this blog about the ‘Big Five’ personality traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism (acronym: OCEAN) – and how they can help fiction writers to create credible character arcs. This blog is background information for the WriteOnCon 2017 live session about the Big Five and Character...
Last week, I started reading a book that had complex, likable characters. But I didn’t finish the book. After seventy pages, the characters still hadn’t done anything that was actually interesting. Not much was at stake for them. I put the book down with a sigh and wished the author...
There’s no magic formula for writing a fabulous book. But there are formulas that offer guidelines for constructing a satisfying plot. Scriptwriters have long used the three act structure handed down from theater, with additional “turning points” as guidelines indicating when to include high and low moments and surprises. Doug...
- WriteOnCon 2020