About Janet

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Janet has written 179 articles so far, you can find them below.

Character is King

Hello again! Is it really possible that another week has passed since the last writing tip? :-)Today we’re going to think about characters, because they are essential to the success of our stories.

“Character is king” is an oft-quoted phrase, but it really is true.

However gripping the plot, however exciting the setting, your characters are the key to the success of your novel. Your characters need to be people your readers care so deeply about, they want to keep turning the pages to see what happens to them.

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Think of a novel you read recently that you enjoyed, or a movie you watched. Was it not the relationship you built up with the characters which compelled you to keep watching the movie/turning the pages? Did you feel deeply for them?

In the next few days, see if you can’t come up with a main character your readers will feel for, understand and engage with. Plot and setting will follow. In fact, your characters might take you to extraordinary places, once you set them free! Even if you never get round to writing the story, at least it will have been good practice. 🙂

Hope that’s useful. If it is, please don’t hesitate to share with your writer friends!

Many thanks,



P.S. If you would like to look further into characters for books for young people, why not consider doing the Write for a Reason course? We go into a lot more detail than we have space for here. Love to have you!

Is Your Protagonist Motivated?

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Talent or Skill? Skill and Talent?

ring cake A little bit of musing this week, on the talent/skill debate, where it comes to creative writing. I read an article recently in which someone important that said that it was impossible to learn how to be a writer – it all comes from natural talent. Mmm. It got me thinking though! As Christians, we know our gifts… Continue reading →

Creating a Scene – Three Essentials

monkey in tree Hello again Writer Friends, and welcome to our latest writing tip, on creating scenes. Are you good at creating scenes? I don’t mean the embarrassing kind, of course! I mean scenes in your novel… Continue reading →

Read Anything Good Recently?

Dear Writer Friends, Here we are again, and nearly the end of January already! Hope you are enjoying your writing. 🙂 And your reading! Once again I am going to enthuse about the necessity (and enjoyment!) of reading. All reading is good, but the best thing you can do, if you want to be a good writer is … Continue reading →

Write Something Dull

stepping stones across a river Write something dull???? Really???? Is that a good tip???? You know what, we need to allow ourselves to write rubbish … Continue reading →

Lego Cathedral

Lego model of Chester cathedral Hello Christian writers! Thanks for being here again. 🙂 On a recent visit to Chester, I went into the cathedral. (Chester is a beautiful city; I highly recommend a visit if you get the chance!) They are building a model of the cathedral from Lego, piece by piece – you can join in … Continue reading →

Ten Writing Prompts to Help You Get Going

Country Cottage Did you make any new year’s resolutions this year? If you resolved to write every day, but are stuck with your story, here are some ideas for ten minutes of writing to help you get back on track: Continue reading →

How to Be an Overcomer

woman in street This week’s writing tip is not just a writing tip, really, it’s a life tip! But I hope it will also help you with your writing. 🙂 So often we do what we feel like, but overcomers… Continue reading →

Listening In

People standing in a queue Hello everyone: hope you have had a good week. Spring will soon be here! This week’s writing tip is all about eavesdropping on other people’s conversations! 🙂 … Continue reading →