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My favorite part of any book is the characters. I love following these people around, crawling into their lives, learning about what makes them tick. Subtle gestures, choice of words, all these things just serve to draw me deeper and deeper into the story.

While you’re working on your novel, you’ll also want to focus on developing well-written characters. So, today’s book list is designed for when you’re worried your characters are flat or your dialogue unrealistic. These titles are designed to help you write memorable heroes, passionate love interests, and deliciously evil villains.

And finally, for those of you wondering why I’m combining character and dialogue, remember that how a character speaks is, in many ways, just as important as how they act, which means dialogue is so important to helping us understand who these people are and what they are like!

You Talkin’ to Me?: How to Write Great Dialogue
by Linda Seger

Plot versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Fiction
by Jeff Gerke

Characters and Viewpoint
by Orson Scott Card

Crafting Dynamic Dialogue: The Complete Guide to Speaking, Conversing, Arguing, and Thinking in Fiction
by Writer’s Digest Books

Writing Dialogue: How to Create Memorable Voice and Fictional Conversations that Crackle
with Wit, Tension, and Nuance
by Tom Chiarella

Write Great Dialogue: How to Write Convincing Dialogue, Conversation, and Dialect in Your Fiction
by Irving Weinman


I'm the Reader's Advisory Librarian at WPPL. My interests include old horror films, classic novels, manga and anime, paper-crafting, and plants. If you like my suggestions, you can request personalized recommendations from me on My Librarian page.