Writing With Empathy, by Matthew Cox, by Clare Dugmore
One of the first pieces of advice given to me when I started writing and looking for feedback on it involved building a sense of empathy between the reader and the character. By empathy, I don’t mean making the reader feel sorry for them—I mean making them care about what happens to that character. Depending […]
Writing: Character Construction, by Clare Dugmore
 Writing: Character Construction by Matthew Cox Characters are the crux of a story. Regardless of the setting, the characters need to stay true to their sense of identity. Creating believable, memorable characters brings the reader deeper into the environment of a writer’s creation more than world-building alone can do. For me, nothing kills a story […]
Making Characters Real: Write What You Know, by Clare Dugmore
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is “write what you know,” and I’ve been thinking about this a lot in relation to authors writing outside of their race, gender, sexual identity etc. If the aim is to make characters real and believable, by writing what you know, how did successful authors like […]