FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
What Would You Ask Your Characters if you Could is a good exercise. Putting your characters through their paces so to speak helps you to know them really well and so you should then write (for/about) them more convincingly. I share three questions that could be useful for you to ask your “people”.
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
When Push Comes to Shove continues the theme of knowing your characters well enough to write (for/about) them convincingly. And putting your characters through hell is a good way to find out what they are really well enough and whether they are strong enough to be in your story. A weak character still has the potential to be in your story just as long as they are crucial to the plot.
I discuss the snow that’s due tomorrow, how it will make for a good evening in for reading, and how weather can be used as a character in itself in fiction. I don’t do this myself but the best example is in The Lord of the Rings I think.