In this new addition to the "Writers' Bookshop" series, successful romantic novelist, Jean Saunders has defined all the necessary ingredients for creating successful characters. Starting with the most basic - choosing the right name - she shows you how to understand and get to know your characters, their conflicts, motivations and development. She then demonstrates the art of visual writing to get the most out of them, using worked examples from her own novels. Other key steps include: achieving the human appeal; avoiding contrivances; a character checklist; creating tension; and testing the strength of your characters. No one can write a successful novel without creating the right characters and this practical and easy guide shows you how to do so, step by step.