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 way.  I found myself spending way too much time sitting in front of the computer contemplating whether they are a man or a...
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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, present and future, for my friend it will properly be a place where she also keeps a record of a character’s magical powers and where...
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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. If the protagonist and the antagonist are the two main characters they need to be equally represented, even if only from one perspective. A villain...
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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 protagonist must be good and virtuous. Both Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan were main characters in popular fiction series and they were fastidious serial killers. And...
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