Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Fictional characters under duress, or better yet, miserable

Top-ranking fictional characters need to be uncomfortable most of the time. Better yet, miserable. Now, of course, your story can’t be a waterfall of tears and teeth-gnashing angst in every scene. That could lead to melodrama. But varying levels of misery should be trickling through causing tension, conflict, and uncertainty. And characters can be rattled, […]

Read the rest of this entry »