How to Write (Un)LIkeable Characters

The most realistic, believable, relatable characters come from embracing unlikeable traits that are a part of all of us. Discover how you can tap into that with this brand new guide.

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About The Guide

When readers don’t connect with characters, they get bored faster than you can say, ‘return’. They become less interested in what happens to your characters, and if you’re writing a series, they’re less likely to purchase the next book.

 People want to see more than just sunshine and rainbows on the page. Goodness and light all the time is boring to read. Soap operas aren’t popular because characters are fun or likeable—they’re popular because they’re humans going through heightened drama. The heightened plot lines draw people in. Audiences care about what happens because they care about the characters.

Bring your characters to life by embracing their ‘negative’ (translation: human) traits in this new guide by bestselling author, blogger, and writing coach, Kristina Adams.



Kristina has a caring a passionate approach to what she does. She instils confidence into you and helps you wade through the all the negativity that writers put themselves through.

E.V.Rivers – Young Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi Author

Kristina's warmth and reassuring approach is what I most remember and appreciated.

C.K.Golding – Creator, Writer, Filmmaker

Kristina has a way of teaching that makes things easy to understand and reassures you that you’ve totally got this—whether you’ve been writing for years or you’re just starting out.

Ellie Betts  – Writer and podcaster

About the author.

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Kristina Adams is an author, blogger, and reformed caffeine addict. She’s written nine about the world’s obsession with celebrity culture, three nonfiction books for writers, and too many blog posts to count.

Her blog, The Writer’s Cookbook, reaches over 35,000 writers a month, helping them build their skills, knowledge, and resilience so that they can build the writing career of their dreams.

How to Write (Un)Likeable Characters looks at the psychological techniques and approaches she uses to bring her characters to life for her readers in her bestselling What Happens in… series. No tropes or archetypes in sight.

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