Using TV Shows to Help Write Characters

My favorite TV shows are the Korean K-Dramas. In general, they are clean and wholesome—no sex, no swearing (especially the offensive F— word), which is the way I write.


Many of the TV characters have exaggerated personality traits, helping the viewer keep them apart. If I, as an author, want to have a certain type of character in my novel, I can easily see the personality traits associated with that type of person, and pick and choose the traits I want. I can always tone them down for my book, if needed. There are books containing this information, but the Korean shows are more fun to access.

How heroes win hearts…

I particularly enjoy how the heroes win the heroines’ hearts. These ways include pulling her out of harm’s path, solving a problem she is having—often from her job or family, encouraging her in reaching her goals, and warming her up when she is cold. The heroes are always quick to give her their coat or umbrella, or offer her a ride. Depending on his personality, he may tease her in little things—never being offensive, but with a mischievous gleam in his eyes.

The latest book I wrote where I used some of these ways was “Dangerous Inheritance.” An earlier book which used these methods was “Scorpion’s Trail” which is on sale this month.

Don’t forget the twist…

Then there is the twist, where the poor girl tells an overly demanding rich guy to “eat the food whether you like it or not and stop being high-maintenance.” I love that spunky response, and want to use a variation of it in one of my future books. Once, I almost used it when a fellow said he didn’t like plastic forks when we were at a picnic. I could have easily given him silverware, but I told him to use what everyone else was using. Fortunately, it made him laugh.

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A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

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