Carla Acheson

Historical Fiction Author

One of my favourite elements of fiction writing is characterisation. Creating believable and rounded characters is a challenge for any new writer or novelist. The one thing I am always asked is what does a character need in order to feel real to a reader. My simple answer is this – flaws.

A writer needs to show human flaws, the inner demons which run through a character’s mind just as they do in real life to each and every one of us. Consistency too is key to creating great fictional characters. If you can develop a character from birth and imbue him with a full personality; human traits and emotions, fears, needs and desires you are working towards a great story.

My third booklet in the Inspire Me Series will be available on Kindle in the coming week and will show you how to effectively create great characters. I offer great tips and exercises that will show you exactly what will make your character live on in your reader’s mind long after he or she has finished your story.


5 Things Your Readers Hate

1. AMBIGUITY Basically anything in your story that is uncertain or unclear, or puzzles the reader and really shouldn’t. This doesn’t, by the way, extend to the premise of a ‘whodunnit’ because ambiguity is a great tool used in the crime genre to create suspense.…

You Can Finish Your Book in 2020

Every writer faces worries and doubts during the writing process, but allowing setbacks to prevent you from achieving your goal is the game-changer between finding success and ending up back at the starting line. Here’s some advice on how to tackle these common niggly issues.…