CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT – THE RECYCLED CHARACTER

When it comes to character development, I have no problem coming up with the main character and the secondary or supporting characters.  I see them clearly in the office, at the crime scene or eating an ice cream cone by the river.  What bogs me down are the tertiary characters.  I don’t mean the throwaways ones like the guy who sells them their frozen treat, but the one who will contribute in some significant...
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

CHARACTER PROFILES – MY EVOLVING ADDICTION

  I was chatting a few days ago with a friend who said she had heard a term in a writing forum she didn’t know. She asked me what a character profile was and how to create one. I thought the best advice I could give her was, “The best way to keep a character profile is ‘your’ way.” For me a character profile is where I maintain a record of my character’s past,...
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

GOOD VERSUS EVIL – WRITING THE VILLAIN.

Not all novels require the presence of a villain, but a story can’t have a hero unless there is someone, or something, to overcome. When a story requires a villain, that character needs to be believable. Villains vary in size, class and sexual preference. In any group of people, from a kindergarten class to a gathering of world leaders, there are the good and the evil. One must consider balance when writing a story....
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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

WRITING THE SERIES – THE CHARACTERS

THE CHARACTERS There are many decision to make when one sits down and begins to write a series, one of the most crucial decisions is who should be the characters.  It is important to write a character(s)  you believe the reader will find worthy of investing their time in. Reading a series is a commitment, your character must be someone your reader can relate to or route for. That’s not to say that the...
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