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How to Write Realistic Characters

How real do your characters feel?

Are you struggling to write realistic characters? Do you want to know your characters better than you know your best friend?

Would you like to craft characters so realistic, your readers remember them – long after they’ve turned the final page?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, this workshop is exactly what you need.

What you'll learn

  • How psychological techniques can bring your characters to life (without using tropes or archetypes)
  • How to connect with your character (even if you have nothing in common with them)
  • How dialogue brings characters to life
  • Techniques to develop your character's personality
  • Ways description can make characters more realistic, believable, and relatable
  • Methods to get inside your character’s head
  • Your character's fatal flaw

Discover some of what you could learn

Who this workshop is for

Memorable characters are at the heart of all great writing. That's why this workshop is perfect for all kinds of writers, including:

✅ Novelists

✅ Short story writers

✅ Poets

✅ Screenwriters

✅ Playwrights

✅ Memoir and biography writers

✅ Bloggers

✅ Nonfiction writers

About your tutor

Kristina Adams is the author of twenty books – seventeen fiction and three nonfiction. She runs writing blog The Writer's Cookbook, which helps over 35,000 writers a month improve their craft. She has an MA and a BA in Creative Writing, and has been writing for longer than she cares to remember.

It doesn't matter what genre she writes – readers always comment on how realistic and believable her characters are. And now, she's ready to share her secrets with you.

When she's not writing, thinking about writing, or teaching writing, she's baking, sewing, or spending time with her westie, Millie.

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Discover how to bring your characters to life for the bargain price of £25.


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It revealed my characters' true feelings

It revealed my characters' true feelings without being direct. Great exercise. It helped me see my other main character is actually jealous of the protagonist. I found the dialogue between the two characters changes over the course of the story, as their level of self-confidence changes.

— Di Scotte

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Easy to understand

Kristina has a way of teaching that makes things easy to understand and reassures you that you’ve totally got this whether you’ve been writing for years or you’re just starting out.

— Ellie Betts

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My confidence has grown

Not only am I learning, but it's reaffirming things I'm already doing. My confidence has grown.

— Mary Beth Bretzlauf