Category Archives: Character Development

Character Development and Introduction

Keeping characters in character

As you may know, I ride the train every day.  There is a conductor who I often come in contact with, let’s call him Jake Spinner.  The first time I saw him, he was chewing out a man who was … Continue reading

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Showerhead

This may seem like a strange post, so bare with me.  Keep in mind, I am 6’2″ – the same size or shorter than many characters in current fiction. I just got a new showerhead – one of those with … Continue reading

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Actions Speak Louder than Words – Right!

It is commonly held belief that actions speak louder than words. However, writers are often trained to bring a character’s personality out through dialogue. I would almost have to argue that both are completely out of line with reality. We … Continue reading

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The time in between

What I saw on the train were people, personalities, and events, not just the groggy masses trying to make it from point A to point B without noticing the time in between Continue reading

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Borrow from Reality, Part II

I recommend you steal liberally from your own experience, people you observe, and people you read about. Continue reading

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Borrowing from Reality

Originally, I wanted to put a lot more work into this post, but a sinus infection has robbed me of a week so there will be a second part to this post next week.  However, this cursed infection has given … Continue reading

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Characters and Gender Roles

I recently have been thinking about gender roles, both in real life and in fiction.  Like many, I grew up watching children’s programming – for me it was the early and mid-80s programming.  I watched Sesame Street, Smurfs, J.I. Joe, … Continue reading

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Defining your characters through their speech

To assume you don’t write in a voice, and therefore refuse to understand you are placing your characters in a specific time and place, is to deny your readers the full experience of the story being told. You must change your characters voice if they are not from the same place or time as you or the realness of the character (and the story) goes away. Continue reading

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Characters and Plot

Give your reader the chance to experience the ebb and flow of your story with time to enjoy the crests, curls, and splashes of your characters’ experience against the driving power of the plot.
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Characters Who Impact

Roh is asking you to step back to acknowledge characters who have had an impact on you Continue reading

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