Characterization, Emotions, Reactions


Blog Posts on The Kill Zone about Characters, Characterization, Character Arcs, Character Development, and Showing Character Reactions & Emotions

Most recent at the top. Click on the title to go to the article.


Juice Up Your Characters With Inner Conflict, by James Scott Bell, Nov 17, 2013


Got Theme? By Kathryn Lilley, Nov 05, 2013


Immerse Your Readers with Sensory Details, by Jodie Renner, Oct 21, 2013


Don't Let Your Characters Act Like Idiots, by James Scott Bell, Sep 01, 2013


Show Your Characters’ Reactions to Bring Them Alive, by Jodie Renner, Oct 02, 2013


You Made Me A Criminal, by Simon Wood, Jul 29, 2013


Cardboard men and the women who love them, by P.J.Parrish, Aug 20, 2013


Write Who You Know (?), by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Jun 17, 2013


Let Your Characters Live and Breathe, by James Scott Bell, Mar 31, 2013


Keeping your reader on a need-to-know basis, by Joe Moore, Mar 20, 2013


Killing off good characters, by P.J. Parrish, Mar 19, 2013


Death Wish motivation, by Joe Moore, Jan 23, 2013


Five Key Ways to Make Your Characters Memorable, by Jordan Dane, Sep 13, 2012


Reader Friday: How Do You Create Characters? Nov 30, 2012


Reader Friday: Your Favorite Minor Characters, Nov 23, 2012


Going Deeper With a Series Character, by James Scott Bell, Feb 19, 2012


Unpleasant Characters, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Feb 13, 2012


Choosing the Best Point of View, by John Gilstrap, Jan 13, 2012


Real-Life Characters, by Nancy J. Cohen, Dec 07, 2011


Characters as Movie Stars, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Aug 01, 2011


The Defining Scene – Character Intros, by Jordan Dane, May 4, 2011


Blind Baby Raised by Worms, by Joe Moore, May 4, 2011


Can Your Character Go the Distance? By Jordan Dane, Dec 15, 2010


Letting Action Define Your Characters, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Nov 22, 2010


Faceless Characters, by John Gilstrap, Sep 10, 2010


A Cast of Thousands, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, May 10, 2010


How fresh are your second bananas? By Kathryn Lilley, Sep 28, 2009


Creating Characters that Jump Off the Page, by Robert Gregory Browne, Mar 15, 2009


Developing a theme through characters, by Kathryn Lilley, Apr 20, 2009


New Characters Wanted, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Mar 15, 2009


Bringing Characters To Life, by John Ramsey Miller, Feb 20, 2009


Getting Inside a Character's Head, by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Mar 01, 2009


Character Motivation Redux, by John Gilstrap, Sep 12, 2008


Real-Life Villains Translate Into Great Fictional Characters, by John Ramsey Miller, Aug 22, 2008

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