Quick Tip: Give your characters room to breathe

Just as well-intentioned but misguided parents can stymie their children’s shift to independence and self-reliance, so well-intentioned but misguided writers can stifle their stories’ growth and evolution. The latter usually occurs because the author forces the characters to conform to his or her personal beliefs rather than be internally consistent based on the characters’ needs and motivations. Review one of your stories that you feel doesn’t ring true. Is that what occurred in your piece?


My name is Rob Bignell. I’m an affordable, professional editor who runs Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the manuscript needs of writers both new and published. I also offer a variety of self-publishing services. During the past decade, I’ve helped more than 300 novelists and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams at reasonable prices. I’m also the author of the 7 Minutes a Day… writing guidebooks, four nonfiction hiking guidebook series, and the literary novel Windmill. Several of my short stories in the literary and science fiction genres also have been published.