Loving and Hating Your Characters

I’ve just finished my second book in The Guardians of Spirit Rock series, and it launches on 3/4. The third and fourth books are almost ready to go to the editor. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on writing this Paranormal Romance set of books.

I think what makes these stories so powerful is how I feel about my characters. Even though I created these characters, I’ve found I still need to be emotionally invested in what happens to them in order for my writing to shine. I want their experiences to ring true to my readers, and in order to do that, I need to really care about them. Do I have to love them all? No. I can hate them too. Strong emotional attachment allows the author to use the five senses, and if you write paranormal, a sixth sense, to convey what these characters are experiencing.

Dig deep. Allow yourself the time you need to experience what you’re writing. If something tragic happens to your character and you don’t cry a deeper emotional attachment is needed. If you translate that emotion into your writing, your reader will feel it too. Once you have that emotional attachment, take the time to choose your words wisely. Use active verbs, stay in the character’s POV, be careful not to head hop.

If you’d like to experience what I mean, check out The Guardians of Spirit Rock.

Secrets of a Wolf

Secrets of a Wolf Final cover

Cry of the Cougar

man in thought

Available for Pre-Order now. Releasing 3/4/2016

Let me know what you think.


About Kelly Abell

I am a writer, blogger, and graphic artist. My aim for you is to utilize this blog to help you improve your writing skills, and to educate you on the publishing business. If you need help with writing, want to self-publish a book and need advice, or just want to kick a story idea around to see what works best, that's what I'm here for. As I gain knowledge from editors and publishers, I will share that knowledge with you. As writers we should always strive to improve our craft and grow. A day should not pass where you haven't learned or tried something new with your writing. Many thanks to my Night Owl Friend, Lea Ellen Borg for editing my posts! Best to you and all your characters and stories. Write on, my friends...Write on.
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3 Responses to Loving and Hating Your Characters

  1. It is essential to love at least some of your characters. I’m currently finishing up the second book of a two-book series, and I know I’m going to miss mine.


  2. Kelly Abell says:

    Isn’t it funny. It’s like losing a relative. At least we can go back and read the books again.


  3. Ron Hepner says:

    Congrats, Kelly. Terrific news. To me, finishing a book is better than playing the lottery.


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