Oh, man… I just had a weird cheerleading flashback, BE CRE-AY-TIVE. B. E. CRE-AY-TIVE! I’m so sorry for dragging you down that mini rabbit-hole with me.


*re-starts post*attempts to be somewhat professional*snorts*continues writing post anyway*

I’ve been reading a TON of pre-published manuscripts lately, and it’s been amazing and interesting, but here’s what is lacking in so many instances – creativity.



Creativity in the way a character sees the world. In the way the world sees the character. BONUS if those two things work against each other.

Creativity in a character’s thoughts, actions, and the way their feelings manifest in their body and mind. The way an author can show heightened tension without shortening breaths, or thumping hearts (I’m not a purist when it comes to objective-correlative, so I think some of this is ok).

Creativity in ideas, and interestingly enough, this is the place I haven’t found lacking. There are soooo many fascinating story ideas out there, and sooooo many people who write those stories, and sooooooo few people who take the time to allow their creative brains to seep into all the parts of their manuscript.

So. KNOW your character so well that coffee smells different to them than it does to you. That rainy days affect them differently than they do to you. That sadness feels different to your character than it does to you. And then really dig as deep into your creativity as you can, and make those things unique from the way that the rest of the world sees or feels them.

But yanno, not TOO unique, or we just might not connect with your MC 😉


And that, my friends, is the fantastic, fun, world of writing books.

~ Jo

**If you know any novels where the character just REALLY stood out to you as being unique and different, I wanna know about it**

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Published by Jolene Perry

Hiker. Occasional Yogi. Equestrian. Couch potato. Music lover. Mediocre guitar player. Sailor. Tailor. Home body. Traveler. Enjoys suffering from being interested in everything. Co-founder and instructor at Waypoint Author Academy. Rep'd by Amy Bishop of Dystel, Goderich, and Bourret.

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