Monday, 29 April 2013

Y is for Yearning

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What do you yearn to be/do? If you are reading this blog I am guessing the answer is a writer. Now think about how this affects what you do on a daily basis. What we yearn for impacts our lives, who we are, how we act, our relationships, the choices we make.

Now think about your characters. What do they yearn for? How will this affect their lives and those around them? This doesn't have to be the same as their story goal, but it is integral to who they are. You don't necessarily have to include this information in the story, but being aware of it yourself will help you understand your characters on a much deeper level and this will come across in the writing. Your characters will feel more fully formed and three-dimensional.

What do your characters yearn for? Let me know in the comments section below, I'd love to hear from you.


  1. For sure you need to know what drives them. Nice post.

  2. I yearn to find a voice for my characters. That can be a struggle sometimes. 3 Characters, 3 different views and voice. Working on it.

  3. Current characters of mine yearn to get out of the situation they're in, they yearn for adventure and purpose - which they believe they will receive at the Academy.

    Past characters of mine have yearned for power, family, rest, peace, .... too many to name here. I agree, this is a very important thing to think about with characters.