How To Write A Book: Creating Characters And Settings

When I begin writing a book, one of the first things I do is create my characters. Usually, depending on what type of story it will be, I randomly choose whatever names that come to me while I’m outlining the chapters. Because I believe fiction is loosely based on real life situations, it’s easy to be reminded of people you’ve once known or draw from those who currently are a part of your life. Once I’ve identified and outlined all of my characters, I’m ready to begin writing.

Most writers set their stories in familiar locales. Being from the south, the majority of my stories come from there. I tend to use the cities, towns, counties and states that I’ve visited. Though I have used places I’ve never been, I believe being familiar with a place makes it easier to write about. But truth be told, it all depends on you. The characters and settings for your stories are yours to create……Get busy!

Published by Author - Charles R. Butts Jr.

Entertaining and provoking thought within his readers are the main hopes former U.S. Army soldier & thirty-three year U.S. Postal Service employee Charles R. Butts Jr. has when it comes to the creation and release of his work. When he’s not reading or writing, Charles enjoys spending time with Shawanda, his wife of twenty-five years, his children Amber and Trey, and his grandchildren. He recognizes Langston Hughes, Walter Mosley, and James Baldwin as highly notable influences in the literary world.

One thought on “How To Write A Book: Creating Characters And Settings

  1. ” I believe being familiar with a place makes it easier to write about.”—I agree. It’s easier to immerse yourself in a place you’re familiar with. However, I love the challenge of writing about a place I’ve never been.


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