Four Fiction-Writing Tips from Grey’s Anatomy

What can the doctors at Grey-Sloan Memorial teach you about writing your novel?

#1 Character is Key

Dear God, this should be emblazoned across the front of every writing craft book in the world. If you want to keep people interested, make them care about your characters. And, hopefully, not just the protagonist.

#2 Make Your Characters Amazing

I know this is a good one, because I later read it in a Donald Maass book. But I first got it from Grey’s.

#3 Play Around With Figures of Speech

I don’t like Derek Shepherd very much. He just always struck me as a smarmy asshole with too-perfect hair. And he knew how perfect he was, which made him vain.

#4 Make Your Characters Suffer — To The Extreme

Most of us love our characters. We want to be nice to them.

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