I am a late bloomer. I don’t mean that literally, of course. In regards to my writing, I have learned more in these past three years than I ever knew in the total years I’ve been writing.
|Scooped by Charles Tiayon|
Dynamic characters are so important. Sure, my stories were fun for just me but they lacked not only originality but also a character that anyone who wasn’t me could find relatable. My main character existed because the story did and, to me, a story needs to exist because a character does. A story, whether it be 3,000 words or seven books and eight movies, is only as good as its characters are. Imagine Harry Potter without Harry Potter, for example. Imagine reading the scene in the third book where Harry is talking to Sirius Black outside of the Whomping Willow. Without knowing where Harry had come from, where Sirius had come from and how their stories coincided, would it have reduced you to tears the same way? What if you stuck Bruce Wayne without his backstory into the batsuit? Would Batman still exist? Technically, yes, but not in the same way. His motivations and convictions would be vastly different and the story as we know it would be gone. Those stories don’t exist without their characters and that’s because those stories are merely one snapshot of time in their characters’ lives while the characters continue to live before and after the pages are read.