• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Writing Wednesday Tips for Teens - Week 2

Welcome back! So we are getting closer and closer to the start of NaNoWriMo. Last week Frank Morelli shared with us some tips on generating ideas for your novel. This week he’s going to cover character development.


Writing Wednesdays: Character Development

This week’s challenge? Focus on your main character, who are they? Go as deep as you can, what’s their favorite food to eat? What’s their favorite color? Are they are Virgo? Do they love to sing but can’t carry a tune to save their lives? Get to know them, they are your star.

Need some inspiration? Try one of these character generators.


Looking for more help? Try this book:

No Plot? No Problem! : a Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 days by Chris Baty


Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month, has completely revised and expanded his definitive handbook for extreme noveling.

Chris pulls from over 15 years of results-oriented writing experience to pack this compendium with new tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors, and much more. His motivating mix of fearless optimism and practical solutions to common excuses gives both first-time novelists and results-oriented writers the kick-start they need to embark on an exhilarating creative adventure.


This Month



Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs (2018), a 2019 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee, a VOX top Hopepunk title, and winner of a 2019 American Fiction Award for best coming-of-age story.

The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein, was released in September 2019 and was named a Book Excellence Award finalist. The second installment in the ‘Please Return To’ series, Please Return To: Toby Solanois now available wherever books are sold.

Morelli’s fiction and essays have also been featured in The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Highlights Magazine.