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Writer’s Tip #19: Give Your Characters Their Heads

Wanna be a writer? Read on.

When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

Today’s tip: Let your characters direct their story.

Who do you love hanging out with in your real life? People who are fun, surely, and those who are unpredictable. Isn’t it enervating to see what they do next?

That’s what must be in your characters. They are fully-fleshed with dreams and passions, but they are also individuals. Surprise yourself with their reactions to events in your story and you’ll keep your readers turning pages. The moment you can see any well-planned surprise, chances are, so will your sophisticated reader. Think through your characters eyes–not yours–and come up with their uncommon take on events.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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