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12 Character Writing Tips for Fiction Writers | Writing Forward

12 Character Writing Tips for Fiction Writers | Writing Forward | Litteris | Scoop.it
Use these character writing tips as a checklist to see if your characters possess all the depth and complexity of real people.

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Writing in Deep POV

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Deep POV brings your reader and your character closer together. Learn one surefire technique to go deep and bridge the gap.
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Ghosts in the machine: how AI research is bringing game characters to life

Ghosts in the machine: how AI research is bringing game characters to life | Litteris | Scoop.it
In an era of crowd-sourced machine intelligence, games may be about to do what authors have been trying to do for centuries
The ambition to create real, believable characters has been a cornerstone of literature since the 19th century.

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Don't Be Afraid To Let Your Characters Talk - Understanding Introspection

I do believe that writers lately have been taught to be afraid of narration. You know what I am talking about - those lengthy paragraphs that do nothing more than to "slow the story down." Writers have been pounded so much with the idea of show don't tell and that we have to always keep the story moving forward. Narration and lengthy introspection is simply not going to do it.


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Should Secondary Characters Change?

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There are some good reasons to keep secondary characters (both friend and foe) fixed in how you represent them in a story. 

 

A lot of these kinds of characters  aren’t going to be in the story all that much and they have specific roles to play. Whether it’s to move the plot along or reveal aspects of the main character, playing a supporting role doesn’t always benefit from too much fiddling. 

 

You also don’t want to confuse the reader with a constantly changing cast that makes it hard to remember who’s who. Nor do you want to steal focus from the main players by going off on a tangent. But then, you also don’t want to create a roster of one-dimensional automatons who walk on to the page to deliver the same old shtick every time, like a bad sitcom. 

 

So how do you balance the two? And do you need to?


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The "Come, Cliche, Crackdown" Approach to Character Development

The "Come, Cliche, Crackdown" Approach to Character Development | Litteris | Scoop.it
There is no one way, or a "correct" way, to go about crafting your characters: especially your supporting characters. I know that I don't even go about character development in a uniform manner fro...

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The Thing Your Character Wants vs. The Thing Your Character Needs

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The Lie Your Character Believes is the reason for all character arcs. After all, if everything’s hunky-dunky, why change? We might think of the Lie as the cavity in a tooth. Everything might look shiny and white on the outside, but inside there’s decay. If the character is ever to be happy, he’s going to have to do some drilling to excavate the rot in his life.

 


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Creating Characters with Invisible Disabilities

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They’re all around us—people with invisible disabilities. Maybe you’re one of them; maybe your doctor or your best friend or your mother struggles with clinical depression. Maybe your son, like mine, battles obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
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How Minor Characters Help You Discover Theme

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Is theme the moral of a story? Is it the message an author wants to share? Or is it something more inherent to the plot itself?


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Moods and Adjectives chart

Moods and Adjectives chart | Litteris | Scoop.it
A writers best friend.

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, December 3, 2013 3:34 AM

Truly helpful chart for secondary students

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Creating Characters - Five Mistakes Beginner Writers Make

Creating Characters - Five Mistakes Beginner Writers Make | Litteris | Scoop.it
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.

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Character-Driven Creative Writing Prompts

Character-Driven Creative Writing Prompts | Litteris | Scoop.it
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.
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Get to Know Your Characters

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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.
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What Makes Your Characters Uncomfortable?

What Makes Your Characters Uncomfortable? | Litteris | Scoop.it
Everyone has their hot buttons topics--the ones that get their blood boiling, or makes their skin crawl, or triggers an inappropriate response to the situation. While this isn't much fun to encounter in real life, it's a great way to create conflict and tension in a novel. Pushing someone's hot button (either accidentally or on purpose) can cause a character to act in ways they otherwise wouldn't.

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6 Tips to Choosing the Right Point of View |

Nancy Kress the WD fiction columnist describes first-person, third-person and distant third-person pointof view (POV) and explains how to choose the best one for your short story.
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Sherlock Holmes: dispelling the myths

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We think we know all about Conan Doyle's immortal detective, with his pipes, dressing-gown and cocaine – but do we really, asks Sam Leith

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Preparing To Write A Story: Characters

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Today I continue writing about science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock and his guidelines for writing a 45,000 to 60,000 word novel in three days.
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Crafting Interesting Characters

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No one wants to write boring characters, but what qualities do interesting characters have? In this article I explore five qualities that can make your characters jump off the page: exaggeration, exotic setting, active introduction, truth-likeness and empathy.

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KindredReaders's curator insight, March 31, 11:33 AM

Karen includes lots of good examples to illustrate her points. I second her recommendation to read the posts on scenes and sequels.

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The Three Dimensions of Character

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If you want to write a character from the ground up, a character who is as real as any person living, yet wholly your own creation, then there are three aspects you need to know in depth: the physical, sociological and psychological.


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 8:50 AM

Great way to know your characters well enough to predict what they would or wouldn't do in any given situation.

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Why Your Antagonist Needs a Mushy Moment

Why Your Antagonist Needs a Mushy Moment | Litteris | Scoop.it

When it comes to writing our antagonist, we face a dichotomy: we want them to be bad, but we also want them to be three-dimensional, faceted human beings. In short, we want to create bad guys who aren’t all bad, bad guys whom readers will still be able to find a spark of sympathy for, a smidgen of relatability. As a result, we can sometimes end up creating bad guys who aren’t bad enough.


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I know who the book-ish girls always fall for

I know who the book-ish girls always fall for | Litteris | Scoop.it
J. K. Rowling caused quite a stir recently when she was quoted as saying Ron and Hermione shouldn’t have ended up together in the Harry Potter series. Most fans of the book were shocked.
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Getting Into Character: Fiction Writing Exercises

Getting Into Character: Fiction Writing Exercises | Litteris | Scoop.it
Fiction writing exercises for developing characters.
Writers are not actors, but sometimes we need to get into character.
To truly understand the nature of a character, a writer must step into that character’s shoes.
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The top 10 unsinkable characters in literature

The top 10 unsinkable characters in literature | Litteris | Scoop.it
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...

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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling - Imgur

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.


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