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Writers Block Help: A Great Technique To Get UNstuck – Knowing Who Your Characters Are

Whenever you want to get unstuck and get some writers block help, try asking this;

Now what happens?

That’s the first question.

Now if nothing comes to mind after asking that question try this;

  • think of your characters’ preferences and desires. What are they?
  • add some more detail that fleshes out who the characters are
  • Include how these characters feel about each other, as well as, their own self image
  • If you don’t already, write a separate back story for each character

I’ve heard JK Rowling talk about how much back story she writes on her characters.

Most of the information never makes it into the final version of her novels.

However, because she knew her characters so intimately, she was able to move the story forward in a logical fashion.

She could ask What happens now? and get a clear answer because she knew her characters so well.

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Do you see how this could free you up and break the chains of writer’s block?


Whenever you get stuck, go back to your character’s preferences and desires. This helps you to understand their perspective better. 

It’s like getting to know someone. Knowing their likes and dislikes says a lot about who they are.

As well, if you write out your character’s back story as if they were your best friend it’ll give you a richer bank of detail to pull from. 

Here’s An Example:

Romeo, our dashing leading man, has just scaled the side of a waterfall doused cliff to greet the love of his life. He gets to the top and sees his beloved Juliet through the window of her cabin in the arms of another man. – Gasp!

Now what happens?


You want adventure and romance in this story.

Romeo is in love with Juliet. He wants to be with Juliet forever. He’s an athletic, adventurous man willing to do whatever he can to be with the woman he loves.

So based on Romeo’s preferences and desires what happens now? 

Does he:

  • Kick down the door and barge his way in?
  • Does he knock on the door and then knock the other man out when he answers the door?
  • Does he try to create a diversion so the other man will leave and he can take Juliet?
  • Would he take the chance to set the house on fire and rescue Juliet?
  • Would he send a goat as a present from a neighbor with a poisoned note attached to the collar for the man to read?
  • Or maybe the poison note is meant for Juliet to read?  
  • Does Romeo know the man? 
  • Does Romeo end up think Juliet is just too loose of a lady and leaves her with the other guy?

There are a million ways this could go…

Depending on what kind of man Romeo is, will determine the answers to the questions.

After all you created this Romeo. He’s your invention. Based on what you know about him… what happens now?


What you’re doing here as a writer – building a character profile – is not unlike the work of an actor.

Great actors usually make copious notes on who their characters are.

What did their character do before the scene started? Where are they going after the scene ends? What are their childhood memories?

Even though none of this is ever mentioned in the script. 

Know your characters and they will lead you forward on your story journey.

Understand your character’s preferences and desires and you will get unstuck, smash through writers block and maybe find a new friend in one of your characters.  

Want more tips on writing from some very successful authors? 

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Scott Sigler

Paulo Cohelo

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Paulo Cohelo’s ‘The Alchemist’ Is Filled With Life Wisdom – Listen To His Top Ten Tips For Success {VIDEO}

I’ve read Paulo Cohelo’s best selling book, The Alchemist, more times than I can count.   {video below…}

It’s a story about a boy who finds a way to fund his pilgrimage to see the pyramids of Egypt.

The story is filled with unexpected events, many twists, turns and obstacles along the way.

The young protagonist even finds a proverbial treasure chest full of gold. Where he finds this chest, is in a surprising, unlikely and ironic of places.

The Alchemist is a spectacular book filled with Life wisdom.

There is not a sentence that’s wasted. Not an extraneous word to be found. It’s a treasure itself.

If you haven’t had a chance to read this amazing book I highly recommend it.

The story is deep in complexities and yet told in a very simple way.

All writers should take note of what Cohelo has accomplished with The Alchemist.

Below is a video compilation of Cohelo speaking on how to become successful. The advice is not just with writing, but in life too.

Since it was released in 1988 The Alchemist has sold over two million copies around the world. It’s a book that continues to change the lives of its readers forever.

The Alchemist has established itself as a modern classic. The book was first published in Portuguese only, but soon was translated into English and became universally admired.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

Santiago discovers many versions of the story of the treasures along the way.

It teaches us, as only a few stories can, about essential wisdoms;

  • listening to our hearts
  • learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path
  • just keep following our dreams

Like this video?

Listen to Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, offer some writing tips here…

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WRITING A CHILDREN’S BOOK? The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing Children’s Books (VIDEO)


The 7 Deadly Sins of Writing Children’s Books 

    In the below video I give you the first 3 tips

on writing your children’s book… free.

This video is narrated by the author of The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing Children’s Books.

We go through the first 3 “deadly sins” and offer writing tips and an overview of the types of mistakes new writers tend to make when writing for children.

Here is a list of the & Deadly Sins:

  • #1 Pictures Do Not Tell the Story
  • #2 Show Don’t Tell
  • #3 Marry Logic With Creativity
  • #4 Action, Action and More Action
  • #5 Do Not Make Assumptions
  • #6 Create a Real Story Around the Lesson
  • #7 Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation

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25 Dark & Disturbing Original Versions of Old Fairytales {VIDEO}

I love…. absolutely LOVE, old fairytales.       {Scroll down for Video}

When we were little, our mother would read bedtime stories to us from the old book of fairytales her mother told her at bedtime.

She’d sit on the edge of the bed and open a huge, frayed, rectangular hard-cover book and tell us what happened to Hanzel and Gretel. Or what happened to Little Red Riding Hood.  

The book had lovely script font and haunting and amazingly detailed illustrations.

I couldn’t get enough of those creepy, not-quite-sensical storylines….

These 25 stories don’t have your typical happy endings. They’re rather gruesome and shocking tales sometimes.

Originally, fairytales used to be aimed at both adult and child alike. Children were expected to grow up much more quickly in those days. They weren’t emotionally sheltered like they have been for the last 25 years.

It’s time to hold on tight as we dive into these 25 Dark and Disturbing Original Versions Of Children’s Fairytales.

The Fairytales are as follows:

  1. Sleeping Beauty
  2. Pinocchio
  3. Peter Pan
  4. The Three Little Pigs
  5. The Little Mermaid
  6. Aladdin
  7. The Ugly Duckling
  8. The Frog Prince
  9. Alice in Wonderland
  10. Beauty and the Beast
  11. Cinderella
  12. Puss in Boots
  13. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  14. Hansel and Gretel
  15. Mulan
  16. Rapunzel
  17. Little Jack Horner
  18. Brer Rabbit
  19. The Goose Girl
  20. Chicken Little
  21. The Fox and the Hound
  22. Pied Piper
  23. Little Red Riding Hood
  24. BlueBeard
  25. Rumpelstiltskin

Here’s a synopsis of Rumpelstiltskin.

It’ll give you an idea of what you’re in for with these fairytales.

“The Brothers Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin, tells the story of an impish little man who makes a deal with a miller’s daughter who’s found herself in trouble with the king.

Her father tells the king she can weave straw into gold (she can’t) so he puts her to it, saying he’ll kill her if she doesn’t do it by morning.

An imp shows up and makes a deal with the girl. He’ll weave the straw into gold if she gives him her firstborn. She says yes.

of course, when the child is born, she can’t give it up.

Rumpelstiltskin agrees to relent if she can guess his real name.

The girl eventually sneaks to his house in the woods and overhears him singing his own name.

The next day, she tells him his true name. In a fit of rage, Rumpelstilskin drives his right foot into the ground then grabs his left foot and tears himself in two!”


This youtube video below shows us some of the world’s classic fairytales in their original and dark versions…

Watch if you dare…


Had enough of the old fairytales? How about a few writing tips?

Try these from Margaret Atwood, Scott Sigler, Paulo Cohelo

Or check out this Disney Classic – Chicken Little

Wishing you much imagination…

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‘Blue Thunder’ – A Poem By Red Robbin

Blue Thunder


The mighty stallion stands so proud
His true nature like soil unplowed
Many strong men cannot subdue
This great equine of silver-blue

Then one morning with skies of gray
As grizzled horsemen chat away
One man’s young son chases a hen
Into the blue steed’s private den

The gallant head turned to explode
Red nostrils flaring, his eyes glowed
Danger deemed of imminent kind
As the boy seemed to be confined

Sensing the child was not a threat
The steed reacted like a large pet
For years to come men would wonder
Why that stallion held his thunder


Blue Thunder a poem by Red Robbin

If you liked the Blue Thunder poem check out... ‘Secrets Behind The Stone Wall’

Wishing you much imagination…

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