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I am often asked to appraise writers’ manuscripts. I have found that these are the most common problems beginner writers share when they're creating characters. 1. Cardboard cut-out...
Creative writing prompts for creating characters. Most authors agree that fiction is primarily driven by characters. Successful authors talk about characters who take over the story, who have their own separate and independent consciousnesses.
A whopping big list of questions to ask so you can get to know your characters and then manipulate them so you can create compelling fiction.
When dealing with the struggle that goes on inside a character there are three main areas to consider:
1. The difference between inner conflict and plain old dithering.
2. Demonstrating to the reader what’s going on inside a character’s head without resorting to endless inner monologues.
3. How do you make internal conflict as interesting and entertaining as external conflict?
We all know it’s important to make time for R&R. But did you know that treating your characters to some downtime now and again can serve a purpose? Yes, yes. We can hear what you’re thinking.
Men grow up expecting to be the hero of their own story. Women grow up expecting to be the supporting actress in somebody else's.
Useful for ext 2 critical response
Jennifer Miller: "For years we’ve tuned into Breaking Bad, Homeland, or Dexter and watch really horrendous things happen. Blood splatters as Dexter plunges his knife. Walter White hacks up bodies and cooks meth" ...
A study to confirm what good storytellers intrinsically know ....
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Every character needs a memorable name. Your character could have the most interesting personality, the most incredible predicament, and could be forgotten if his name is Bob Smith. Here are five ways to pick out the perfect name.
I love using baby name and web sites. Also, for ethnic or foreign-language names a Google search will bring up some helpful sites with names and meanings.
On the bicentenary of Pride and Prejudice, we celebrate the genius of one of Britain's best-loved authors
What’s more, this reaction isn’t limited to readers. As a writer, I know that there’s a point in the writing when the engine of the story really seems to roar to life, and at that moment, the characters start feeling like real people. When you start working on a story, the characters are like finger-puppets, and putting words into their mouths is a bit embarrassing, like you’re sitting at your desk waggling your hands at one another and making them speak in funny, squeaky voices. But once those characters ‘‘catch,’’ they become people, and writing them feels more like you’re recounting something that happened than something you’re making up. This reality also extends to your autonomic nervous system, which will set your heart racing when your characters face danger, make you weepy at their tragedies, has you grinning foolishly at their victories.
From irritations to ordeals, the novelist selects the best books about – and by – those who oppose their seas of trouble When I wrote my novel Malarky I was determined to create a portrait of a woman who wouldn't be sunk by what life served her and...
Jim Lerman's insight:
Quite a wonderful list. I don't know if these really are Pixar's rules, but I've seen them in several places, so they probably are. These rules sell the movies.
It’s often said that characters are the heart of the story, and most of the time people are referring to the central protagonists when they say this. It’s only natural; the central figures are the most prominent in the novel, the ones that people remember. But this article is about the supporting players, the secondary characters whose presence can have a massive impact on the quality of the story, and who are sometimes overlooked.
The brooding, conflicted Mr. Darcy exists only in the pages of a book. But the movie Austenland might just make us believe that Darcy IS out there somewhere, and that if we just believe hard enough, we can find him.
These fiction writing exercises are for creating characters that are interesting, believable, and have a clearly defined role in your story.
What started out as cheap, populist entertainment in comic book form has turned into an endless and insanely expensive parade of sexist, semi-fascist bores, says Joe Queenan
These characters will dazzle you with wit and charm, then destroy you without remorse. Meet literature's ten most disturbing sociopaths.
Some of your characters will change during the course of your story—let’s call them changers.
Have you ever put down a book because the issues the author gave the main character pushed the envelop too far? I think as authors, our minds are more than capable of producing evil that would curl Satan's toes. But if we let it all out, no holds barred, would our readers eat it up or toss it out? Reading is a personal past time, and we all come to the written page with baggage that might effect whether we enjoy a book's premise. Still, I'm curious about which flaws my readership think are too heavy or too evil to include in fiction. Is everything game, or are there some flaws that are over-the-top? Here's a list of character flaws, compiled by Dark World RPG. Take a look and see if any jump out at you as "too bad," then put your thoughts in the comment section.
To be a great novelist requires living with a paradox: Your story matters more than anything, and your story matters not at all. It’s one of many conflicts and dilemmas that novelists face, but it’s one to master.