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Three genius characters in a novel.
Character & POV
5 min read

How to write a believable genius character

Discover how different forms of intelligence can shape a character's interactions, decisions, and roles within a story.
The image shows five fictional characters, who have been outlined by an author based on a character sheet template. They are all very, very good-looking, and have great hair.
Character & POV
7 min read

The Only Character Template You'll Ever Need For Novel Writing

The only character profile template you'll ever need for outlining your characters while writing a novel — personality traits, character archetypes, and more.
An illustration of multiple eyes.
Character & POV
3 min read

How to choose a point of view

Examining different structural genres and their narrative implications.
An illustration of mirror reflections.
Character & POV
3 min read

A short guide to free indirect style

Guidelines for selecting the most suitable narrative perspective for your story.
An illustration of a person looking at a mirror relection.
Character & POV
3 min read

The subjective point of view vs objective point of view

A comprehensive overview of the various forms a story can take.
An illustration of a woman running shown from a third person limited point of view.
Character & POV
3 min read

A short guide to third person limited point of view

Comparing the implications of subjective and objective narrative perspectives.
An illustration of an eye representing the third person omniscient point of view in a novel.
Character & POV
3 min read

A short guide to third person omnicient point of view

Exploring the blending of narrator’s and character’s voices in storytelling.
An illustration of a person from the second person point of view.
Character & POV
3 min read

A short guide to second person point of view

Examining the focused perspective of third-person limited narration.
An illustration of a person with a first person point of view in a novel
Character & POV
3 min read

A short guide to first person point of view

Delving into the limitless perspective of third-person omniscient narration.
An illustration of a book inside an eye, representing the point of view of a novel.
Character & POV
3 min read

Understanding point of view

Understanding and implementing second-person narrative perspective.
A writer's pencil on a blank page
Character & POV
3 min read

101 ideas to spark your character creation

Craft memorable characters with 101 creative ideas for character creation.
An image of a writer's pencil on a blank piece of paper
Character & POV
3 min read

How to write a character profile

Create consistent, believable characters with a detailed character profile.