Yes, Unforgettable. Really.

Est. 8 min. read: We’re going to cover a lot of ground. You ready?

Unforgettable is a HIGH bar.

And yet the word is thrown around like every two-bit post can deliver the secret, this indefiiiinable quality that will change your character into a legend if only in your reader’s mind.

Frankly, “unforgettable” has become a clickbait buzzword.

But the real meaning of the word is NOT completely lost…


An unforgettable character is one that can be recalled long after a story is finished.

Like Sherlock Holmes. Or R2D2. Or Kvothe.

Those names are taken. Forever.

Because the characters are unforgettable.

Creating such a character is the ultimate writerly achievement, creating a legacy, something that will live long after you’ve gone.

It seems impossible.

Utterly beyond your reach.


Don’t let yourself aim low.

It might be tempting because you don’t think your character is in the same league as Sherlock or the others, but that’s a cop out.

You see…

Every character, even the ones you can think of off the top of your head, started as an idea.

And every writer started with underwhelming efforts.

Even better, there’s a rhyme and reason to what people find memorable.
Read on, grasshopper…

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The Perfection Intervention 24-Hour Book Challenge

It is 4:40pm and I’m stuck in bed with a strained ankle. I had a total of 5 hours of sleep last night, so maybe that has something to do with the crazy notion I’m having.

This article will be different from any article I’ve ever written. I’m live blogging my attempt to pull together a draft of my notes-in-progress zero draft for The Perfection Intervention.

Am I an idiot? Quite possible.

This has me scared out of my wits. Not that I was probably in my wits when I decided to do this a few minutes ago.

I have no prep. About three pages worth of notes and a pretty cover I put together while I was supposed to be making more notes. I don’t have any emails or announcements written for this post. IT’S ALL GONNA BE FROM SCRATCH.

And when I’m done, you’re going to be able to get the imperfect result. No editing. No proofreading. I‘m laying it out there.
Join me for the live blog…

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The 5 Absolute Dimensions of Character Personality

Is there anything about your character that you don’t know?

I don’t mean insignificant things like favorite food or what’s on his bedroom floor, which—I know—might be one and the same. There is an (occasionally helpful) trace of personality there, but no real substance.

Those things aren’t him.

Imagine your character walking down the street. A normal street, a normal day. Does he swagger or cavort or stroll or stride? (Tell me in the comments!)

It’s the difference between going through someone’s stuff and meeting them. One is simply more effective, especially when you know what you’re looking for.

Your character’s walk is a clue to his personality, his presence. But it’s just one small piece, no matter how real.

The fullness of personality still awaits.
Read on for the scoop…

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Rock Your First Chapter, No Excuses

I know you. You want to captivate your reader right off the bat.

…To wipe out any chance of putting your book down before the story has taken over and become a mind-movie.

That takes some SKILL.

Luckily, skill is knowledge with practice. And rewriting. (Yeah, it’s unavoidable.)

So today I’m going to show you how to approach your first pages with minimal stress, and how to avoid common problems that haunt those first few pages.

Oh, and we’ll dissect some first lines. Yummy. Read on, my writing geek…

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Know Your Character Deeply in One Step: The Backdoor

So there’s this stubbornly bland character smack dab in the middle of your cast.

You need him, but you can’t get into his head.

Whether you can’t get a read on him, or he shifts personalities when you aren’t looking, he’s a major problem. Plot puppets aren’t allowed, not in your story.

So what do you do?

I’ve got a couple different methods, but the one I use most is equally effective when you have a story and when all you have is a bunch of ideas thrown into a pot. (Been there, done that.)
Keep reading to get to know your character…

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