Saturday, August 29, 2015

CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUILDING YOUR CHARACTERS

Tom's Guidance for Building Your Characters


1.    Introduce your main character early on. Might be a brief appearance or description.
2.   Apply your imagination to creating characters.
3.   Use real life characters with care and discretion. Mix fact with fiction for best results.
4.   Know you main characters better than yourself.
5.    You must know how your main character will behave in specific situations.
6.   Your main character must have weaknesses and vulnerabilities as well as strengths. He must have fear, obsessions, quirks as well as good stuff or bad stuff.
7.   Character must develop and change as a result of the events you create.
8.   Main characters must contrast with each other.
9.   Don’t reveal all the characteristics of the characters at once. Let it leak out.
10.         Characters must be consistent. Same or constantly getting better or worse.
11.   You must make your character believable. He must behave the way you have built him.
12.         Character must be larger than life. Remarkable in some way.
13.         Don’t confuse the reader by having too many characters.
14.         Introduce your main character early on. Might be a brief appearance or description.
15.   Apply your imagination to creating characters.
16.         Use real life characters with care and discretion. Mix fact with fiction for best  results.
17.         Know you main characters better than yourself.
18.         You must know how your main character will behave in specific situations.
19.         Your main character must have weaknesses and vulnerabilities as well as strengths. He must have fear, obsessions, quirks as well as good stuff or bad stuff.
20.        Character must develop and change as a result of the events you create.
21.         Main characters must contrast with each other.
22.        Don’t reveal all the characteristics of the characters at once. Let it leak out.
23.        Characters must be consistent. Same or constantly getting better or worse.
24.        You must make your character believable. He must behave the way you have built him.
25.         Character must be larger than life. Remarkable in some way.
26.        Don’t confuse the reader by having too many characters.



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