How to Create a Likable Supernatural Character in Your Novel

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We know that a supernatural novel is a story about a character or characters that are ‘beyond natural.’

In other words, such characters have certain abilities beyond an average person. Not to be confused with paranormal, a novel about the supernatural, in my view, would be a story on something God-like, or something about God Himself, and maybe digestible by anyone who wishes to read them, whether they believe in God or not.

These are the types of novels that I mint at Omega Inscribe – Hence, this is the reason why I love to talk about ‘the supernatural’! If you have not yet seen the blog about the difference between a paranormal novel and a supernatural novel, check it out here.

Coming soon – My new book: The Warrior King

The point of this blog is how unrelatable we may find supernatural characters, compared to us, and our own experiences. Think of Superman, for example. The guy is from another planet, he can fly, he is super strong…and he seems quite cute too. Not your average Joe. A regular person would probably hate him because he seems to have all those things going for him that they could only dream of. However, this is the reason why Superman’s creators gave him human traits: He gets a job, he falls in love, he can feel emotions, and so on.

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As a writer of supernatural novels, this is one thing I keep in mind when creating characters for my novels – How can you make a supernatural character likable? The answer is simple – Make them relatable to a normal person.

In my novels, a supernatural character is like Superman. However, instead of getting their supernatural abilities from ‘kryptonite’ or some tangible thing, the supernatural character’s ‘super’ abilities are derived from faith and the Bible. If you are wondering what this means, check out my blog about “How to find super abilities from the Bible for characters in your novel.”

On that note, what are the 5 things that your supernatural character should have to make them likable? Let us count the ways to make this happen:

  • Transparent emotions: One thing I have heard people say to me over the years, in relation to faith, the Bible, and beliefs is that things of faith and things of Christianity are hard to understand. Yes, there are the surface quotes like ‘Love your neighbor’ which seems pretty straightforward – However, some people agree that faith in the God of the Bible goes deeper than the surface text they read from the Scriptures. Therefore, when creating a supernatural character whose abilities, life and all they stand for is revolving around the God of the Bible, you want to make your character as emotionally transparent as possible so that people will not think they are reading about someone they cannot understand. What makes the character angry? What makes them sad? How do they deal with disappointments? You want to make these known. It will be bonus points for making your readers fall in love with them.
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  • Approachable: Let’s use the superman example again. If you saw something in blue and red tights, flying down from the sky on a normal day, would you be likely to approach them and say hi? I would tell you the truth – I would run for the hills. You want to think of your supernatural character in your novel as that blue and red guy flying, who is so different from anyone else because there are something’s about him or her in that story that are unique and…alright, divinely derived. From afar, they may seem intimidating. But you want your reader to get a glimpse into their character, and how approachable and open they can be. Therefore, consider adding this element into one or other of your supernatural characters in your supernatural novel
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  • Relationships: Have you ever read the story about Elijah, the Tishbite, in the Bible? The man was said to be a mighty prophet who could call down fire from the sky. Talk about scary ability. Throughout the story of his life, I did not read anything about him having a family, a wife, or even kids. Therefore, it made me wonder how he dealt with normal relationships, if he did not really have one. True, he had a servant, Elisha, who he related very closely with – But Elisha was a prophet apprentice, so let’s just say they were birds of the same feather, relating together. Therefore, it begs the question – Can such a powerful character have relationships that would make people want to draw nigh to him and be friends? Probably not. I doubt he had any friends, and that is okay. People on a mission like him were not intended for friendly tea-time relationships. However, if you want your supernatural novel character to have some element of likability about them, you probably want to surround them with one or more relationships that a reader can have a glimpse into and feel like they could relate to the character too.
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  • Cut down on the relentless nature: It is often the case that people who have the advantage of power on their side – Be it a big position, or even – Superman – may use the power to their advantage and make others bend to their will always. This is the purpose of power, after all. You want to use it to make things happen the way you want it to happen. However, for a supernatural character in a novel, this nature may come off as very selfish to the average reader. It is true that you may have read in other places that a character who is relentless in their pursuits in a novel or movie is a character who is likable. This is true for the average, everyday Joe. The opposite is the case for a supernatural character. The fact that they have abilities beyond normal is the very reason why they should back off from time to time in making others do their bidding. Such a stance will make your supernatural character more likable.   
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  • Make their language understandable: Think of Einstein. He had the supernatural ability of ‘genius.’ When he was formulating his equation on relativity: E = mc2, I am pretty sure that there were many individuals around him who were thinking he was speaking in a different language and they could not understand him. A supernatural character is like that. They tend to know things that the average people do not know. Therefore, to make your character likable, even though he or she may speak or think in terms that are beyond the average person’s comprehension, make sure the novel breaks down the background or the root behind how they came to become such complex personalities, able to speak and understand such complex things. Think: Deconstructing the E = mc2 equation. That ought to be fun. But in this case, you are trying to deconstruct the divine equation that makes your character the way they are, the way they think, the way they speak.
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Have you written a book, or even a movie about a supernatural character? Drop a note in the comments to publicize it! Let us get to know this complex person!

How to Write An Inspirational Love Story

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What is an inspirational love story?

It is a story which makes you want to do or achieve something good or new or different.

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I will use this opportunity to confess – I have read many books in the past, and within a short time after reading it, I would have literally forgotten the plot, the conflict, even some of the characters. This is not because I have a short-term memory. It is because I have found that when a story is truly inspirational, it will stay with you for a long time. Therefore, let’s just say I have read some uninspiring books.

An inspirational story is one that will make your readers remember you, and they want to keep coming back for more to read from you. Your books challenge them to think differently – Maybe sometimes, your novels may even make them not happy, but angry. However, the end result is that whatever the story was, it had an impact that made them want to do something different (This may include throwing stones at you, but any reaction is a good reaction, as I would say).

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I started a company called Omega Inscribe, Inc., and the niche and goal of this company is to use Biblical inspiration to create supernatural content in storytelling. Therefore, I am, in fact, a maker of inspirational stories, and have often wondered – and implemented – ways of making my novels inspiring. There is always something new to learn, and I love to share what I do learn as I journey on this path of discovery.

How do you write a story that inspires your audience? For me, I look for ideas from the Bible because it is my main source of inspiration. For you, you may be the same, or you may be inspired by other things.

There are 5 key takeaways that I have discovered as useful when constructing an inspirational story, and I just mentioned the first one. To put them in list order, they are:

  • Know your source of inspiration: You probably want to start out by knowing what – or who – inspires you first. When you know who or what it is, you know where to always go to get inspired. Using my example, since I know that the Bible inspires me, I always look to the Bible for inspiration.
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  • Understand it: You know where you get inspired. Do you understand why it inspires you? Let’s say for instance, your Home Economics teacher in high school was a source of inspiration for you. Do you know why he or she was inspiring to you? Was it the way they taught? Was it something about their personality? What was it? Understand the reason for the inspiration. Using myself as an example, I understand why the Bible inspires me. There are discoveries to be made of it every time, something new and different that I hear and want to start doing. It’s like hearing your teacher at school teaching you, and you simply want to get going to practice what you just heard them talk about – In Home Econ, it could be the new chocolate cake recipe the teacher just taught in class. Definitely something to run home to practice!
  • Start writing: When you have understood the reason why you get so inspired by something, it is now time to write about it. Let me give you an example: I am writing a novel called Cross Border Dating, preview is available here on my site. I was inspired by something I read about Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ in the Bible. God gave him visions about a man, Cornelius, who the Lord wanted him to visit and teach. Peter was able to know that the man had been in his house, praying to God, asking for that very thing. If you asked me, that is some ability that no average person has – After all, who can know what someone else is wishing for, especially if they have never met that person before? This is the foundation for why I am writing Cross Border Dating, based on a character, and an event from the Bible. Yes, the novel is a romantic novel, and you may be wondering how one can spin romance out of an idea that came from a Biblical character? Well, check out the books’ previews here, and stay tuned for more.
  • You may not have a good or strong support – Don’t be discouraged. When starting out on any new venture, you will usually start out with crickets, or a very small support base, if any. Consider it like a business venture such as Amazon, or Facebook or all the other known examples out there. They were not particularly surrounded by supporting fans when they started out, and their fan base grew as they grew to include the good and the bad. I added this as part of ‘how to write an inspirational novel’ because it is an unavoidable part of the process of starting out on something new – and something that has to do with faith.
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  • Don’t be offended by comments: It is true that whatever inspires one person may not be the same that inspires another. Therefore, as with everything in life, including products, services, and yes, books, you will have those who absolutely love what you made out of that inspirational story – and you will also have those who may send you hate mail for your writing something that goes beyond their comfort zone. It means you did a fantastic job, as it is quite abnormal to have 100 percent cheerleaders for everything you do, right? Well done!
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Well, friends, I hope you have been able to take away a point or five on how to get started with inspiring stories. If you have written an inspirational book, don’t forget to comment about it below. If you are thinking of writing one, share it in the comments as well!

How to Create a Believable Story Plot

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In the genre of supernatural or ‘extraordinary’ novels, it is sometimes the case that readers may think that the story or plot is incredible, maybe even ridiculous.

This is usually true only when the writer has not managed to create a story that can still be believed by the reader as existing in the realm of possibility.

When writing a story that is of a kind that would not usually happen in everyday average society, there are some things to bear in mind for making such a story believable.

How do you write a believable plot or story for your supernatural novel? The best way is to write a story that is grounded in reality, even though it contains supernatural elements. The ways to achieve this are:

  • Write the story using a place that is believable: For instance, your character may originate from London, England or Columbus, Ohio, or Vancouver, British Columbia. These are places that many people would know as existing in the real world. Perhaps, readers from those areas may even be able to relate to the characters in the story because the book is based in their home town! It is not always the case, however, that you will write a book with a known place. You may want to create your own world, like Star Trek writers created Vulkan, another planet somewhere in the interplanetary system. I have a blog about how to write a supernatural novel with fictional settings, and you can check this out for how to go about such plots.
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  • Research the place: If you chose a place like Columbus, Ohio, for your novel, as an example, you want to get to researching your city of choice. What are the hot spots, or what do people do there for fun? What are the landmarks? What is its history? You want to inject these tidbits into the story line as you go so that readers can relate with a real place, even though your story has extraordinary, supernatural, characters.
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  • Ease or shock your reader into the supernatural facts about your story: Let’s assume that the main character in your story can see visions, like the disciples of Jesus in Biblical accounts. You can make and keep your plot believable by dropping hints about the character’s ability in the preliminary chapters, in which case, the reader is slowly introduced into what to expect about this extraordinary gift the character has. The reader would most likely want the unveiling to continue and will keep hunting for more tidbits about this supernatural character’s abilities in the book. Or you can shock the reader by dropping the revelation, particularly at the beginning of the story. It has your reader hooked. They have discovered something that is typically deemed ‘out of this world’ and the shock will most likely keep them wanting to know more.
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  • Surround your story with typical everyday elements: For instance, the main character in the story may be a scary prophet who could call down fire from the skies. However, in the midst of this incredible fact in the story, there are mundane things. This extraordinary character likes avocado toast for lunch, or he drives a shiny new pick up truck, or he is an accountant at a company downtown. That is totally believable in everyday life.
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Using these small tweaks would help your story gain believable support so that the storyline is more realistic for the reader even if you are aiming for an inspirational story of the supernatural. Don’t forget to drop some comments below on how ways you may have made your stories believable and come alive!

Writing Supernatural Novels With Fictional Settings

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The setting of a story is the place, the time and the environment in which the story arises.

It is very important to have the show the set to the reader as this provides the backbone that your story needs to establish it in a place in the reader’s mind where they can form tangible pictures as they follow along with the story.

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Therefore, if you are writing a novel about characters that can do incredible things with super abilities or have incredible elements in their lives that are outside the norm, as is the case with a supernatural novel, how can you create a novel that your reader can relate to, even if the setting is fictional?

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For instance, the storyline of StarTrek involves advanced technology that we do not presently possess today, and some of the scenes are set in planets that we have never heard of, with characters of different shapes and forms from these planets that we have never seen before on earth.

How do you make a fictional setting that would still keep your readers enthralled, even if the setting is a place that does not exist in any reality as we know it? This is where the skill of world building comes in! You want to build a world that will make your fictional setting come alive!

To build a world for a fictional set, there are some elements the world needs to have as a foundation:

  • A location: Your world could be described as 20 million nautical miles from Planet Earth. That is a tangible placing, don’t you think?
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  • Relatable elements: How does a living being survive in such a world? Is there air? Food? A moon, starts, sunshine? Maybe you want to give that world 7 moons, or something equally different. Go for it. Or maybe, instead of moons, there is an alternate night light source called Nightrays. Or whatever. It would be interesting to imagine what other planets call their moons, if such worlds exist with people, no?
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  • A culture: This is what will build your story up. What do the people believe in? Do they have night life and go socializing? Do they have weddings, parties? These ideas will help you along with your plot to tell the story of how the people relate or interact with each other.
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With these 3 main points, you will have the main foundation for a fictional setting, even if you are writing a supernatural novel. Therefore, give it a shot, and see what you can come up with. Write about the world you have created, if you have done so before, in the comments below. If you are thinking of making one, share it here! It would be lovely to talk about your ideas and learn about your book.

How to Find Super Abilities From the Bible for Characters in Your Novel

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This is probably the hardest part about writing a supernatural novel – Generating supernatural abilities for the characters or supernatural events for the stories.

As you may have discovered from my previous blogs, a supernatural novel is a story inspired from Biblical references. You can check out one of my blogs here about this on 5 things that make a supernatural novel different from a paranormal novel.

My novel writing brand is supernatural romantic and adventure novels, using Biblical references. I know that there are many romantic Christian novels out there, and they may refer to the Bible, and faith, and God. My brand of novels takes it a few levels further by bringing the idea of God down to the stories I write in tangible ways such as the knowledge or the abilities of the characters in the novel being derived from the God of the Bible. It is essentially, making God like a Person Who is relatable through the characters that He has granted these supernatural abilities in the novel.

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This idea in novel writing could be controversial. I am aware of individuals who have reached out to me to advise that God is not a Person. This is not the point of my novel writing, or this blog. It is not for argument about people’s beliefs, or how far the limits that they consider speaking about ‘God-things’ should go, otherwise, crossing the limit would be sacrilege!

Rather, the point of this blog is to explore the idea of how a person could become a researcher into the Bible, finding treasures they may otherwise not have seen before until they studied that idea in the Bible deeply, and making stories or novels, out of it.

Therefore, we come to the question of this blog: How can you generate supernatural abilities from the Bible for the characters in your novel? The answer is a step by step process of researching ideas, finding ideas and understanding the ideas. Let me break it down into my usual 5, hopefully, digestible points:

  • Start with a blank slate: You know you want to write a novel. You know that you want the novel to have a supernatural idea or characteristic. However, you have no clue where to begin to find the foundation that will make up your supernatural idea. That’s awesome. Now, you can start thinking of all the stories you ever heard or meant from Sunday school. Which of the characters in those stories stand out to you today? Take a pen and paper and write them down. If you don’t remember, check out online summaries of Bible stories such as This will give you a synopsis of every chapter for gaining initial ideas on what to write.  
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  • Start researching: Once you come across something that sparks your interest about any of the characters, environments or situations that were occurring in those summarized Bible chapters, you can now pick that particular interest area and delve deeper. Pick up the real Bible. Find out more about that point. I have heard feedback that reading the Bible is hard as nuts. Understandable, as some of the Bible versions are written in old English. It is difficult even for Theologians with Ph.Ds in Biblical studies to understand! For a humble reader with no degree or Theology credits to their name who simply wants to find out more about a point they discovered in it and write a little story built off of what they found, how about picking up a Bible version that is written in simple to understand English? My personal favorite is the Amplified Bible, but some may find this still too onerous. In that case, I would recommend the Easy to Read Version Bible (The ESV Bible).
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  • Do not feel disqualified: One thing that may pop up is the notion that one is disqualified from studying Biblical texts and trying to make something out of it that would bring out the God in the Bible into a story that makes Him out like a relatable Person, or to bring out the ideas in the Bible as something that everyday people could relate to. I would venture to say that anyone who feels disqualified would likely be a non-Christian because they do not believe in what they are reading, and therefore, why would they want to write anything about it? For someone who believes in God, in Jesus, and that the Word of God is true, you are as qualified as anyone that went to Bible college because a degree is not required to seek knowledge of God.
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  • Be open-minded: For anyone who has lived with one idea about God, Jesus, and the Bible all of their lives, it can be quite challenging, and in fact offensive, to try and discover something different from what one has always known. Therefore, this blog may be offensive, the idea of writing a story using Biblical events and ideas obtained from Biblical people may be annoying – But it would not be so to anyone who has an open mind and simply wants to find out more than they have always known about God, by creating stories from what they may find in their research. Therefore – Have an open mind to find new things that you can write about!
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  • Pray: Alright. This is probably the hardest point. However, consider this – If you went to a Bank, and you wanted the Bank Relationship Manager to lend you $1 million dollars, you would need to have a conversation with the manager about what you wanted to use the money for, no? After all – the money is in his charge, and he controls whether you can have it or not. Consider the Bible as the same. It is a Bank of ideas, many of which have not been released because people are not asking for it or they are not giving the Bank Manager the right terms about what they want to do with the funds (knowledge) that they will gain from the Bank.  Therefore, if you have never done so before, I recommend that this is a good time to get to know ‘praying’ to God. Think of it as a conversation with your Bank manager who has a relationship with you because he helps to keep your money safe and he also lends you money. You want Him to lend you money (ideas) to put in a novel. Ask Him for it. You would be surprised, you may actually get it, especially if no one has ever given you $1 million dollars before (i.e. the kind of story idea that you will end up with).

Therefore, Friends – Give this a shot. Get to writing about supernatural stories inspired by the Bible. Who knows whether your story may touch someone’s life positively?

Have you written a supernatural novel? Comment about it below! It is always awesome to share and read books with inspiration!

5 Things That Make a Supernatural Novel Different From a Paranormal Novel

Have you ever noticed that readers – and writers too – tend to interchange the term ‘supernatural’ with ‘paranormal’, as if they mean the same thing?

No one should be blamed for making such a mistake – For instance, consider the popular TV series called “Supernatural.” The series is famous for storylines that have to do with unexplained phenomena such as were-wolves or weird creatures, and maybe even afterlife. However, these features about the TV series are actually in the paranormal genre, and not supernatural. Therefore, in my humble view, and maybe quite unpopular too, the TV show has the wrong title!

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Therefore – How do you know the difference between a supernatural story and a paranormal one? I saw a definition on a blog written by Masterclass, where “famous people teach you about the thing that made them famous.” Masterclass defines the paranormal genre as stories that involve “zombies, werewolves, aliens, and ghosts, as well as phenomena like telepathy and time travel.” The supernatural genre is described as “phenomena that are forever outside the realm of scientific explanation, such as god, the afterlife, and the soul.”   

I would tend to disagree. Yes, I know, disagreeing with the masters is not a popular place to be. However, I think that the supernatural definition has been made too generic by the masters, and the paranormal not fully explained.

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Therefore, what is a supernatural story or genre, and what is a paranormal one? The answer can be found by first looking at the basic definition of what supernatural means, and what paranormal means, and then taking out the elements from those definitions.

My favorite Oxford dictionary defines supernatural as: “…attributed to some force beyond scientific understanding or the laws of nature.”

The dictionary defines paranormal as: “…denoting events or phenomena that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.”

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Let me show you a table that differentiates supernatural from paranormal, and then I will give you my conclusion at the end about what these two really mean. There are 5 things that would help to distinguish supernatural from paranormal

1. Supernatural means something ‘super’ + natural or beyond the natural.Paranormal means “alongside of normal, near normal, resembling normal, beyond normal, and abnormal.”
2. Supernatural is phenomena that human reasoning or logic cannot explain  Paranormal is phenomena that could potentially be explained by human logic, maybe even science
3. Another word for supernatural is spiritual.  Another word for paranormal is occult.
4. There is only one being that is usually called supernatural – God  There are several beings called paranormal: Were-wolves, Dracula, etc.
5. Supernatural implies a thing that could be, or is good.Paranormal implies something that is malevolent.

In looking at the above table that separates the supernatural from the paranormal, I have taken the definition a little further by breaking them up into their individual parts.

Therefore, the overall conclusion about a supernatural thing is that it is beyond human reasoning but inherently good. The conclusion on the paranormal is that it can potentially be explained by humans, because it could have been created by humans or other forces that are within human understanding, but it is inherently or could be hazardous – Consider people’s encounters in movies with Dracula or were-wolves, for instance.

On my website, Omega Inscribe, you will probably note that I talk about writing romantic stories using supernatural inspiration from Biblical references. This will give you an idea about the books I write, and a better understanding about the genre of the supernatural, under which they are written.

Recently, I wrote the book, Cross Border Dating, which follows the same features about what ‘supernatural’ means, as explained above, and which represents the brand that we teach at Omega Inscribe for romantic storytellers who want to learn how to bring the supernatural into their story writing in believable or unique ways.

Front Cover of Cross Border Dating

Have you written a supernatural story? Comment below about what your book is about and let the community hear about it!

5 Ways to Create a Supernatural Character for Your Novel

Novel writing has many faces.

The mysteries, the adventures, the romances, the paranormals…

If you are anything like me, when you read a novel, you may probably pause at some point and stop to think: If you were the one that wrote that novel, you would probably have added A, B and C or removed X, Y and Z to make the storytelling have more pizzazz. Maybe the author should have disclosed so and so about the character. Or maybe the last scene should not have ended the way it did, and there was probably a more clever way of bringing it to a close that would have made you, as a reader, more satisfied.

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Most especially, if you are a reader who loves to read paranormal novels, you may probably have wondered a time or two about the way the unusual characters in the book were developed, the quirks about them that makes them so different from regular ‘everyday’ folk, the things that you would have loved to see explained better about them so that you have a clearer sense of knowing the character you were reading about.

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Indeed, a lot of novels leave me with such questions too. I used to read a lot of paranormal novels, where I notice that the writers of those books have struggles with building the character of their paranormal protagonists, more so than other types of novels and their characters. Today, my appetites have changed, and I have converted from reading paranormal novels to reading supernatural novels. Yes, there is a difference between paranormal novels and supernatural novels. See my blog about how extremely different they are.

If you already understand the difference between paranormal and supernatural novels, then you will probably also appreciate the fact that building a story character with a persona that suits a supernatural novel can be quite challenging.

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In my world of storytelling, a supernatural character in a novel is someone who has a persona founded from the Bible. If you are familiar with my book writing, you will notice this about it. This does not mean that the character is a preacher, a pastor or some ‘holy’ character that the reader may not be able to understand or relate with. In fact, it could be quite the opposite.

Therefore, how do you answer the question: How can I create a persona for the supernatural character in my novel? You can do so by performing some research into the supernatural in Biblical histories that will help you gain an idea of how to build your character’s persona.

I have discovered 5 ways to effectively build a supernatural character, and found that if I followed these steps, the supernatural protagonist in my novel becomes someone I want to read about, and not a legend from a Biblical story that took place a long time ago! The character becomes real and relatable.

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Here are 5 steps to creating a persona for the supernatural characters of your novel:

  1. Start with research – Who do you want your character to resemble?: You probably want to borrow features from your favorite biblical characters in order to create a character of your own that has Biblical references and elements. For instance, do you want your main character in your novel to be like Moses? If you are familiar with the story of Moses in the Bible, he was the man that God had sent to rescue an entire nation from slavery in a land where they had lived for generations. While these views are purely my own, and you may have your idea of what Moses’ character is truly like, I would say that some of the personality traits of Moses was that he started out as a coward who could not perform bold actions openly. When he was discovered for taking one bold action during his younger years in Egypt, he ran away from the land. However, the new Moses that returned to Egypt was a different person – A man who could give orders to an entire nation, including ordering about a king who was the most powerful ruler in the world in that era.   
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To build a character for your own novel using Moses in the Bible as an example or a foundation, you should conduct some research on the man, Moses, and find out some good, featural elements about him that would help you build a persona for the character you are creating in your novel.

  1. Make your supernatural character relatable and real: It is something that most individuals may not admit – But studying the Bible or understanding the people that the stories were about can be hard and boring for most people. In fact, you may not be able to relate to Biblical individuals. For example, I have never come across any person who has told me that they understood the man, Isaiah, after reading his writings in the Book of Isaiah in the Bible. He wrote of visions, but can anyone truly tell what the real man was like, his character? Maybe I am just a nerd, but would it not be fun to dig in and start inquiring into what he was like as a person, the things that made him relatable (or not) to people in his community – And once you have discovered it, you can cretae a character for your own supernatural novel who has the features of Isaiah! Even more fun, this new character will be living life through your novel, making decisions, and experiencing emotions (especially if you are writing in the romance genre). You want your reader to think: Ah! I am reading a book about an unusual character who has some Biblical, supernatural characters in him, but is, in fact, human just like me.
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  1. What are the absolute quirks of the character you have created/Things they cannot stand?: It is normal that an average person has quirks. For example, I know of a man that will absolutely not lift up a finger to help someone else get something done unless that thing that is getting done is in his job description. I know this may be present in many individuals’ quirks, but hey – Help a fellow out, even if only a little ways and not all the way outside of a job description! Such quirks make us out to be the imperfect people that we are. Anyways…I digress. The point I am making is – You don’t want to make your supernatural character too ‘perfect.’ The character should have things about him or her that would make the reader nod and say: Yup. That brother/that sister has flaws – Even though he/she has all those supernatural abilities going on with him/her!
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4. Let the story’s conflict contradict the personality: You want to create a character who has a feature in their persona that is in direct conflict with the challenge they are facing in the story. For instance, I mentioned an individual who would not do a job unless it was written in black and white that the job was intended for him. Let’s say your supernatural character has a personality that says: “I will never date a girl who is not from my hometown because girls closer to home are more comfortable to be with.” If that is the conflict that your novel’s character has in him, you probably want your romantic novel to throw him a wrench where he comes across a girl that is not from his hometown, and who represents everything that is the opposite of comfortable. In fact – I have written a book like this. You should check out my author landing page about my book coming out soon: Cross Border Dating.

The point about conflict: Throw a wrench in the story that completely challenges your supernatural protagonist’s persona.

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  1. What is the character’s uniqueness or the message that the character can bring out for themselves or for others in the novel?: Finally and most importantly, when creating a supernatural character using Biblical references, you want to figure out exactly what makes them ‘supernatural.’ For instance, Moses in the Bible could split up seas, with some divine help, of course (Now, how many guys have been able to do that today?). King David was a mighty warrior so that all the neighboring countries knew him as a man they did not want to mess around with. He was described as a commander over an army where one man in his army could take on one hundred other soldiers from an enemy camp, all by himself in a battle. I guess David was that epic to be able to command followers that were that strong. In fact, I have written a book about such a Biblical character. Find out more on my author page about “The Warrior King”, book coming soon. The point I am making is, when creating your supernatural character, they need to have something unique about them, the thing that makes them ‘supernatural’ or extraordinary, when compared with other people. Like David, the mighty warrior. Or Moses, the man who divided the Red Sea. All with divine support, of course.

If you consider these 5 points for your supernatural novel, you may be able to start creating personas that are founded from the Bible and yet relatable with everyday living and your readers.

If you have written a supernatural novel (not to be confused with paranormal), share it below and let the community hear about your story!

How to Draft Your First Novel

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What are the most important things to know when drafting your first novel?

In this blog, I am going to explain 5 tips for completing your first novel draft, and ensuring that the spirit, motivation and interest that you generated with your readers from your first sentence continues to travel with them all the way to the end of the book

You are writing your first draft for a book – It is daunting, it is exciting. It is scary. What if this draft sucks? Or, what if you experience writer’s block? What if the book is a bad idea, period?

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Follow these 5 steps, and you will not have to worry about where this first draft will lead you. You will sail through with confidence and produce a book that your ideal audience will appreciate:

1) The book idea:

What do you want to write about? Fiction or non-fiction? Is it something that would warrant a very short writing (50 pages or less), something mid-length (less than 100 pages), or extensive work (200 pages or more)? Generate your big idea by writing or typing out different versions of it in a sentence. For example, when I was thinking of the idea for my fiction romance novel “Cross Border Dating“, I made it quite simple. Girl from south of the North American border meets a man from North of the border. A common occurrence in today’s world – However, I wanted to make the story uncommon, and include my supernatural brand. You will find the storyline on my author page here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on what you think or how you would have preferred the storyline to go!

2) Your outline:

You have heard of outlines more times than you can count. You need an outline to organize your thoughts around your idea. How will the book flow? If it is a fiction story, where is the first scene? How does it lead into the next scene or chapter? Who are the main characters in the book? How will you arrange the story about each of them in each chapter? When you have a flow chart of how the story will progress in your mind, that horror story that plagues many writers called ‘writers’ blog’ would be an old wives tale in your world. Your version of writers’ block would probably be due to a lazy day of preferring to be out at dinner rather than writing your masterpiece.

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3) The first sentence:

As important as the book idea itself, your first sentence is a key determinant for hooking your audience from the beginning. So, you have a book idea, and you have generated an outline. What is the first word that will come out of the book to captivate your readers? A rule of thumb for writing your first sentence: If it is not a strong enough statement to hook you, then it is not strong enough to hook anyone.

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4) Schedule writing times:

This may sound like boot camp – But you are likely aware of it by now that writing is a honest-to-goodness business and career, even if it is seen as a mere hobby by our non-writer friends. True, you may only be doing this on the side while working your day job – However, every moment you sit down to write, let your mind be programmed to know that it is serious business. Therefore, schedule writing times, if it is possible for you. Maybe at 6pm every evening when you get back home from work, you can block off twenty minutes to do a type-up of a page or two on your book.

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5) Set a deadline to complete the draft:

If you don’t have a deadline, my friend, a book draft that could take 30 days to complete may stretch into 30 months. Therefore, set a deadline, just as you would for a project at work, and be judicious about keeping it.

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With these 5 key tips on drafting a first novel or book, you would have covered all the important ground that would make your first drafting experience an effective one. Repeat it for future drafts, and find success in writing and completing your books.

For more tips, guidelines and tutorials on finding your own, particular writing niche before you can even get to writing that first book draft, check out my free training course on Business Building for Writers ™.

Till next blog, keep on writing, Friends!

6 Confidence Boosters to Combat Writer’s Block

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Is writer’s block de-motivating you from completing your book?

This is a common ailment in a writer’s life. Do not worry! There are some beneficial hacks that you can engage in order to eliminate this oft experienced problem. As a writer with many unpublished manuscripts, and recently published novels, I have 6 hacks that have helped me in my journey of writing.

(1) Make an outline: Draw a map of where you are driving this book. Write the outline like milestones. If it is a thriller/fiction, for example, what are the milestones that need to happen to get you to the final scene? E.g. Milestone #1: Joe got a job at prestigious advertising firm. Milestone #2: Joe had a disagreement with his new manager, and almost got fired. Milestone #3: Joe’s manager goes missing. Milestone #4: The cops are on the work premises, and while conducting investigations, they find incriminating evidence that points to Joe as a suspect…and so on.

(2) Write daily: Make sure to write something every day, even if for just 5 minutes. Writing daily helps you to stay connected to the world you are creating in that book and remain familiar with the direction you intend for it to go.

(3) When nothing tangible comes out of a series of daily writings: I would say that give yourself a week to write daily during any particular bouts of writer’s block. If nothing fluent and fluid comes out of the effort to put on paper after an entire week, then this is a signal that the mind is crying for a re-group. Allow yourself about a couple of days to think and sleep on the book idea. Go back to the outline mentioned in step 1. Are you deviating from the milestones?

(4) Set a deadline for when the book needs to be completed: If you treat it like a project with a finite end time, it will gain the attention it needs

(5) Do not edit while writing: I have been guilty of this. It is tempting, but don’t do it. This tends to make one lazy with going back to the real project of continuing the book

(6) Start publicizing: Yes, I know the book is nowhere near complete. In fact, you want to keep the book a secret because you are not certain about the direction you are going with it yet. But if motivation is becoming a big problem, I recommend using this opportunity to start publicizing the book by asking friends their thoughts, mentioning tidbits about it on social media, and involving your community in the life cycle of producing the book. In fact, providing an advance review copy to your readers would not hurt, because you are getting your book out there before an audience that will likely buy it from you once it comes out. The chances of its gaining sales upon publication becomes higher because people are now anticipating the final version.

Use these 6 steps to get yourself motivated again with writing that piece, and find novel completion success along the way!

As always, it is a pleasure to hear from you about your ideas for overcoming writer’s block, or any tips that you have found successful in your writing journey. Drop a comment below!

Till next blog, keep on writing, Friends!