Friday, November 23, 2012
Mad Characterization Skills
What does an editor mean when she says she appreciates complex characters
That she'll see you've given your characters positive & negative traits? That your characters don't all have super-model good looks, a perfect home and faithful friends? Sure, but most of what makes a character complex is invisible.
Answer these three question --
1. I probably came up with this idea because…
2. One secret my main character will never tell anyone...
3. Here's how my antagonist's best friend describes him/her...
Keep those 3 answers inside your brain.
Refuse to make your hero's shame/regret/failure part of the story,, and you'll write in a way that lets your readers will feel he is humble and human beneath his accomplishments.
If you know a pal admires your villain's inability to resist old dogs and daisies, the knowledge infuses the words coming from your fingertips and your bad guy won't be a stereotype.
Labels: characterization how-to, complex characters, creativity, writing
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Terri Farley @ 10:27 AM