Tag Archives: Character Description

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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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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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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Depth of Character Description

Try it yourself, using as many senses as you can: smell, taste, touch, sound, sight, balance, acceleration, direction, and perception. Continue reading

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Character Sketch and Outline

This outline is for developing a well rounded character and, should you choose, tracking that characters development through the events of the story. Continue reading

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Characters: Physical Description + Setting = History

For most people, first impressions are very strong. Part of that impression is of the person themselves, but part of it is the setting. Continue reading

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