|The author, Dane F. Baylis|
WE NEED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO TALK ABOUT CHARACTER
NO NOT YOURS. THAT IS UNLESS THOSE THINGS I HEARD ABOUT BILLY WATSON'S SENIOR POOL PARTY ARE TRUE, HUH?
Really, we are going to talk about character - or characters - the ones in your story. Now that you've got a good idea what your story is about and where it's going, it's time to populate it. Your story may involve one character or several, and in order for these characters to engage your audience they are going to have to be as familiar to you as your best friend. It's up to you to create every facet of your character's personality.
Whoa! Isn't this an awful lot of detail for someone who may exist for as little as a few thousand words and assuredly no more than a hundred thousand? Every GREAT, memorable story as complex, believable characters that an audience can relate to on an emotional level. And that goes for every character in your story. Each must have a life of their own, so well constructed that the reader feels that the character is speaking for his or herself, not that you are speaking through the character. Even if you are visibly the narrator, you're the creator of the world of the story and it's up to you to think deeply about how your characters operate in that environment.
There are three main types of characters:
Each one of these will play a distinct role in your story and interact with each other in different or similar ways. Before we run off like some mad scientist assembling body parts and high voltage instruments, we need to take a more detailed look at each of the character types. That's where we'll pick up tomorrow.
Meanwhile...live, love, write.
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