5 Writing Tips

July 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm

To round out our week on “character speak”, here are 5 tips on developing your characters:

Advice for Developing a Character:

  • Start with what matters to you about your character:  Is he or she like you? Like someone you know?
  • Put together a character so that all the parts fit together:  Do these different things make sense within one person? Do they fit together in a believable way? Are these traits here for a reason?
  • Explain any general descriptions of your character:  What exactly does this description mean for this particular character?
  • If a character seems too good to be true, make it more human: What is the downside of this trait? (too nice, too giving, etc.) How does this characteristic help and hurt the character?
  • Know your character’s motivations (longings) and struggles.

What other tips do you use to develop your characters?

 

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