Character Drift

Has this ever happened to you while writing your novel? 

One of your characters starts off as a nasty young man, but somewhere in the middle of the story, he slowly changes into an indifferent one when he should still be nasty.  I call this character drift.  It happens a lot for a variety of reasons and it’s real problem, especially, the nasty character has to be nasty at the climax.  If this character is no longer nasty, the climax has the potential to fail.

I created a character spreadsheet to help prevent this drift. The more characters the story has, the more valuable this aid is.  The spreadsheet is much larger than what is shown in the graphic below.

Check it out here:


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Creating Stories: Two New 5-star Reviews

My book Creating Stories has received two new five-star reviews thanks to Booksprout

I found this book interesting and offering a lot of great information on what I need to help me get my story out of my head and onto paper.  Excellent guide. Patricia Eroh


Hank Quense is the successful author of several series, and shares the rules of writing from perhaps the best, in my opinion, viewpoint. He knows what sells. He reminds us that our primary job as a writer is not to record egotistical spewage (my word), but to entertain, inform, and maybe educate the reader. So he shows how to write in such a way that readers actually want to keep reading. That’s exactly what I need.

This is not a grammar book, by any means, but an accessible discourse on how to best use the medium of written language to connect with an audience.
And I truly appreciate his use of so many personal experiences, and examples of how he applied the principles he shares.
This statement sounds so very wrong, but this was the first textbook which was actually fun. Ghostriver

Creating Stories is available in both ebook and print book editions:

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Story Design Lectures

Do you have one or more ideas for a story but aren’t sure what to do with it?  

Learn how to develop your idea into a story with author Hank Quense. During his Story Design series of lectures you’ll build your characters, create a plot, design the scenes and more.  After completing the student assignments, you’ll be ready to write the first draft.

Best of all, the lectures are discounted by over 40% for a limited time. Use this link to grab the discount:

Topics covered in this lecture include:

  • Determine the setting
  • Develop your characters
  • Build a plot
  • Learn to design scenes
  • Link the plot and the scenes to build an emotional arc
  • Put it all together

After using these topics to develop your story, you’ll be ready to write the first draft.

This story design process can be used on any type of story.  It can be used to develop a short story, a novel, a script, a play and even a memoir.  After all, each of these types really is just a story, and all stories use the same story design elements.

Bring your story ideas along and let’s work on it together!

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Kids Workshop Review

Here is a new review for my Fiction Workshop for Kids.

It was posted on Amazon in Canada and on Goodreads by Susan’s Reviews.  She gave it 5 stars.

This workshop provides middle school children with a simple, step-by-step approach to creating and developing a short story. All aspects of storytelling – plot, character, scene building, etc., are covered in the various chapters, which have interactive videos to guide the young writers as they write their sample stories.
Useful online worksheets are provided so that the young readers can develop future storylines without having to read or listen to the workshop again, if they don’t want to keep repeating the workshop for each new story they develop. I found this workshop informative and easy to follow, and the videos broke up the written word so that the short attention spans of young workshop writers will be redirected back to the task at hand. This workshop provides all the basic tools to create a full and interesting story, and the author provides and analyzes his own short story at the very end to illustrate how to use the various work boxes.
I highly recommend this workshop, which should prove effective to teach young writers on how to create their own short stories.

This interactive ebook is available on iBooks  and Kindle

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