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'Write with...' - Week Six:Character Development

So you think you know your characters eh? Yeah, you do? Really? I thought that when I was writing my first novel. "I'll give him blue eyes" I thought, "I'll remember that, I have blue eyes so it will be easy". Forward 6 months, an edit, a load of other characters with different eye colour and I can barely remember his NAME let alone what colour I made his irises. SO I started logging the basic details of my characters when I first created them. It saves a lot of time later. But more than that this week I want to delve deeper with my characters. They start out reasonably 2D, motivated by one thing, they are either 'Good' or 'Bad' and now I am at the stage where I want to make them more rounded. I have an idea that I nicked that I LOVE doing on helping to do just that and want you to try it too.....

Cesca x

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.