Characteristics of the Hero vs. the Anti-Hero

A post from a discussion group on Google + posted a list of characteristics of the Hero and the characteristics of the Anti-Hero. For those new to writing, this is a terrific guide to character development. Bare in mind however, as in life not everything fits into neat categories. We humans are varied if nothing else.

If you want to spice up your characters for your story, blur the lines a bit. Your hero has a dark side, equally as well, your Anti-Hero has some good characteristics. By weaving these into you characters, it gives them more depth, they become more interesting and your audience will connect in a deeper, more meaningful way.

This is a good guide, just remember to your characters are not one-dimensional. To make them more fascinating, blur the lines a bit.

Until next time,

Happy Writing.



Books on the Art of Writing #3

Thanks for the recommendation and book review; very timely as far as I’m concerned. Looks like something I could use about now.


What the book offers

Exactly what it says on the tin…I mean, cover. This is one of the most easiest books I’ve read on writing, and it’s so quick to coming on the point, without all the fancy details on the side. It covers every aspect from major ones such as conflict and character, but also more subtle one such as setting and narrative voice (which is a brilliant, brilliant chapter). It will help to make your writing more developed and fulfilling, and with exercises at the end of every chapter, you know what to do, with the aid of some very helpful tipsheets.

After the end of all the talk about writing, there is also a very helpful chapter on what to do once you’ve finished your story and are ready for publishing, including how to format your manuscript.

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Reader Appreciation Award

It is with a great deal of appreciation to David McGowan ( for his nomination of me for Reader Appreciation Award. His blog is truly an inspiration to those of us who aspire to write and publish. His comments and reply’s are always on the mark. If you haven’t check his blog out, it is well worth your time.

Until next time.