Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Frankly, My Dear: Creating Unforgettable Characters

For all of us writers, today is potentially a very big day! Melinda Curtis's new book, Frankly, My Dear: Creating Unforgettable Characters, is now available.

I was fortunate enough to get an early copy, hoping to help spread the word about this great new reference work. I am so excited about the possibilities this book offers!

(Please Note: There's a lot of information, but it's broken down so as to be easily understood and utilized. In other words, Don't Panic.)

Here's the official blurb:

It doesn't matter if your writing style is planned, spontaneous, or somewhere in between--it's the character and conflict that sells! Character and conflict hooks in studio execs, holds an editor’s attention, and draws in readers, compelling them to turn the page. So what is the secret sauce? How can you hack into believable and compelling characters? By using a tried and true psychological principle adapted for writers by Melinda Curtis, an award-winning, USA Today bestseller of over 35 books and novellas.

In this book, you’ll find the basics of character and conflict, along with a multi-faceted psychological principle that can be used to create characters who need to grow and change. Inside are numerous tips to create and deepen character and conflict from the beginning of your story to the end. You’ll discover hacks to give your characters depth and provide them with behavioral bumpers so they act consistently throughout your story, until they grow and change in an emotionally satisfying finale. As an added bonus, there are over 100 examples from movies and television that illustrate how to use each principle. That means adding this book to your writing toolbox will help you sell to editors and studio execs, and create compelling reads that bring audiences back for more.

On the face of it, that might sound complicated, and even daunting, but Melinda explains clearly, with examples of characters  that, once met, we carry with us forever. (You immediately thought of Rhett and Scarlett when you saw the book title, right?)

I'm examining my works in progress in light of Melinda's information, and you can bet that when planning future books, I'll have Frankly, My Dear close at hand.

I've also added Frankly, My Dear to my website page for writers.

I'd love to have a print copy of this book, to put on my writers' reference shelf. (And that, from Minimalist Me, is a very big deal!)

Many thanks to Melinda for doing the research, and compiling this information for all of us!



  1. Thanks for the review, Magdalena! Print is coming soon!

    1. Yaaaay! I'm sure Stephen King, Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne Lamott, and the others will be glad to have the company, Melinda!