Five Great Quotations about Characters

“Good people do bad things sometimes: bad people can have genuine warmth and charm.” – Bridget Whelan

“Writing fiction is one of the greatest forms of empathy. It’s not enough to simply write from the perspective of your characters…you have to feel what they feel.” – Melody Robinette

“Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book’s about them.” – Jocelyn Hughes

“Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading is more real than the person standing beside us?” Cornelia Funke

“You can never know enough about your characters.” – Somerset Maugham


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.