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Kim Lee: On the Art of Creating Characters

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I lean back in my chair and close my eyes. The clock ticks endlessly, but that’s fine. It helps my concentration. Something like a giant screen unfolds in the darkness. Smiling, I paint the scene. Everything is in place; the flora and the fauna, the sticks and stones. Bricks and mortar, fire or ice. Whatever I need to be there, is there. But there is something missing. Whether I’ve created a small town, or a space flight, a bedroom or a garden, the missing element remains the same. The scene is missing people. Characters. Those beings that will bring the whole thing to life.

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From the Experts: Writers Tips #6

16 Villain Archetypes to create three dimensional antagonists for your plot from Tami D Cowden

The TYRANT: the bullying despot, he wants power at any price. He ruthlessly conquers all he surveys, crushing his enemies beneath his feet. People are but pawns to him, and he holds all the power pieces. Hesitate before getting in this man’s way – he’ll think nothing of destroying you.

The BASTARD: the dispossessed son, he burns with resentment. He can’t have what he wants, so he lashes out to hurt those around him. His deeds are often for effect – he wants to provoke action in others. He proudly announces his rebellious dealings. Don’t be fooled by his boyish demeanor – he’s a bundle of hate.

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Creating Characters: #1

Characters are great beginning points to creating a story, because their life, their virtues, their flaws, their relationships and their opposition can develop into a whole journey for your reader to follow. Pick one of the three characters and write an interior monologue, a day in their shoes or a meeting with one of the other characters in the set. It will really help you to practice and develop characterisation skills.

Share Your Work: 250 words

  • For a challenge, reply below with your response to the picture with a 250 word limit

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Motivational Muses #13

First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him

Ray Bradbury

Creating Compelling Characters

This is a big one. A lot of writers worry about making their characters too perfect, too boring, too one dimensional, or a Mary Sue or Gary Stu.

A Mary Sue or Gary Stu can be defined as a character who has a lack of flaws (‘seemingly perfect’), a manifestation of the authors ideals, has implausible talents and liked by all other characters in a story.

There are many a ways to avoid creating such a character: Read more…

Your Character’s Novel Worthiness

Any character in your story is there to serve a purpose. It could be:

  • To make the story world look more realistic
  • To add emotion
  • To give a clue
  • To add humour
  • To help the main character/To oppose the main character
  • To add conflict
Kurt Vonnegut wrote, ‘Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.’

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