Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Day 199...Tricks to Building Great Characters
Welcome to Day 199...
You have to have a great story line, but let's face it, great books would be nothing without memorable characters.
So how do you create a great character?
Here's where you can begin...
First consider using direct characterizations - that's where the character is actually given descriptive traits and described in a certain manner. He was tall, brutish and used to having his own way.
Or, you can also use implied characterization - which lets the reader define the character by the character's own actions. Standing six foot five he towered over everyone in the room and then grabbing the paper from her hand, he stormed out of the office when the the board refused to change their vote.
Both means work and it's good to mix up your methods.
So how else can we give depth to the players in our stories?
Use Physical Descriptions
Hair color, facial features, height...paint the picture of who he/she is.
Use Movements and Expressions
How quickly/sluggish do they move about? Do they scowl or is there a glow to their smile?
When faced with hardship, a terrifying experience, a romantic liaison, what does the character do? Run for the hills, jump right in or take time to ponder every nuance of life?
Use Other Character's Point of View
How do others see him or her? Are they worried the character will thwart their plans. Do they feel he/she is evil enough to commit a murder? Are they the one they can't live without?
Here's Today's Takeaway Lesson...
"Character Not Circumstances Make The Person"