Writing Characters Who’ll Keep Readers Captivated: Nail Your Novel

Three guesses what it’s about … but here’s the formal blurb…
How do you create characters who keep readers hooked? How do you write the opposite sex? Teenagers? Believable relationships? Historical characters? Enigmatic characters? Plausible antagonists and chilling villains? How do you understand a character whose life is totally unlike your own?

How do you write characters for dystopias? How do you make dialogue sing? When can you let the reader intuit what the characters are feeling and when should you spell it out?

I’ve mined 20 years’ worth of writing and critiquing experience to create this book. It contains all the pitfalls and sticky points for writers, laid out as a set of discussions that are easy to dip into. And it wouldn’t be a Nail Your Novel book without a good dose of games, exercises and questionnaires to help you populate a novel from scratch.

Weightless editions are twinkling on the servers of Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo.

If you like more heft in your hand, the fully-indexed 204-page paperback is available from Amazon.

Whether you write a straightforward story-based genre or literary fiction, Writing Characters Who’ll Keep Readers Captivated will show you how to create people who enthrall readers – and make you want to tell stories.

Previously titled Nail Your Novel: Bring Characters to Life.




  1. How not to bore the reader with trivial details – book excerpt at Jane Friedman | Nail Your Novel
  2. 4 low-cost ways to get writing tuition if you can’t afford an editor | Nail Your Novel
  3. ‘Roz from the land of Harry Potter’ – an otherwise serious discussion of writing with John Rakestraw | Nail Your Novel
  4. Whatever your Dreams... - Women Writers, Women Books
  5. How to switch point of view without confusing the reader | Nail Your Novel
  6. Dialogue special part 1: how do we get characters talking? | Nail Your Novel
  7. Dialogue special part 2: dialogue is more than talking | Nail Your Novel
  8. Dialogue special part 3: subtext | Nail Your Novel
  9. Is my book paranormal or literary? And which age group is it for? How to categorise your novel | Nail Your Novel
  10. Point of view shifts and head-hopping: always bad? | Nail Your Novel
  11. Self-editing masterclass snapshots: bland friend and upsetting antagonist | Nail Your Novel
  12. Self-editing masterclass snapshots: accents and making a character sound distinct in dialogue | Nail Your Novel
  13. Heroes and heroin – writing a character who has an addiction | Nail Your Novel
  14. Is your main character you? How to tell – and how to widen your character repertoire | Nail Your Novel
  15. Kill me now – what do I do about a negative review? | Nail Your Novel
  16. Novels aren’t movie scripts: how to write great dialogue in prose | Nail Your Novel
  17. Novels aren’t movies – how to write great description in prose | Nail Your Novel
  18. The inner horse – and your fictional character’s true nature | Nail Your Novel
  19. 4 reasons why your novel’s dialogue sounds awkward or stilted | Nail Your Novel
  20. Clumsy dialogue – your mission statement for a subtle scene | Nail Your Novel
  21. Today’s distraction… | Letting Go
  22. How to write dialogue that’s convincing and full of life | Nail Your Novel
  23. Three signs that your novel has too many main characters – and what to do | Nail Your Novel
  24. Nanowrimo: Plan Your Characters and Improvise Your Plot by Roz Morris | Romance University
  25. Venice masterclass snapshots: 4 hidden enablers for your story | Nail Your Novel
  26. Lesson learned from a critique group: ‘why’ is the magic question for storytellers | Nail Your Novel
  27. Evidence and verdicts: a simple way to understand show not tell | Nail Your Novel
  28. Masterclass snapshots: how to write several narrators and make them sound distinct | Nail Your Novel
  29. Is the tone of your prose in tune with your novel? A simple exercise with Pharrell Williams and Yellow Magic Orchestra | Nail Your Novel
  30. How to write emotions and feelings | Nail Your Novel
  31. Fictional characters – a lesson from Seinfeld | Nail Your Novel
  32. Writing and #SocialMedia Advice from Author Roz Morris
  33. NaNoWriMo: Plan Characters and Improvise Plot - Romance University
  34. The secret is out: 10 thoughts on nearly finishing a long-haul novel | Nail Your Novel
  35. Nanowrimo prep – plan your characters, improvise your plot | Nail Your Novel
  36. Let pollocks be pollocks – a little chat about dialogue tags | Nail Your Novel

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