Vivid Character Building
How do you create vivid characters who pop off the page? How do you avoid archetypes/stereotypes and predictability? Join a panel of writers discussing their techniques and tricks and ask questions of your own.
Carol Berg, Teresa Frohock, Randy Henderson, Kay Kenyon, Bryan Thomas Schmidt
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11″ – What comes first: plot, character or world?
>What problem are they facing right now?
>What is the worst thing that has ever happened to them?
>What do they love, that puts them in this story?
>”Think of a weakness that directly impinges on the the qualities they will need to solve the stories’ problems.” Kay Kenyon (~16 min mark)
>”Before I write the first scene, I need to know what he’s running from.” Carol Berg (~19 min mark)
~26″ – What are the fundamental questions you ask yourself to develop your characters?
>What do they want?
>35″ – Carol Berg – “What is the inner demon that will hound this character and tend to create obstacles, and allow me as an author to create a story arc?” Also. “How is their desire imperfect?” and “Nobody wants someone who is absolutely certain of what they want.” Ask, “Should __ be done?”
38″ – “How do you avoid stereotypes and archetypes in your characters?”
49″ – “What is that secret they haven’t told their best friend?”
As a culture, “What is the one thing that no one wants to admit?”
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50:15 “How much is the naming of characters a factor?”
Q and A 52min mark – “How do you make the character jump off the page?”
62 “How do you handle a character’s arc?”
Writing the Other by Nisi Shall was also mentioned as a book resource to check out.
First, Thanks to our Moderator:
Goodreads giveaway for Abraham Lincoln – Dinosaur Hunter: Land of Legends
And, to our Panelists:
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