Wednesday, November 4, 2015
I.W.S.G. (3) - Creative Characters
Jeff said, "Look!"
Kevin said, "What does she want?"
Jenny replied,"Why are you sitting here?"
Not taking any writing courses, I'm always worried I have not developed my characters fully enough. But I read many articles online and have various times subscribed to Writers Digest. With a lot of practice, my characters now feel as if they have more dimension because I follow tips on how to flesh out characters. In fact, now when I write, I create character sheets for just about anyone appearing in my stories. I try to find three words to identify what sort of person they are, list their likes, their dislikes, and a bit of their background. Even if I don't utilize those aspects in the story, my characters seem to have more depth and my writing has more depth too.
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Erick suddenly felt ill when he saw his ex-girlfriend walking towards him. "Crap, Kenny! Jenni's walking over here. I can't deal with her right now."
"I think she still wants you," Kenny said laughing. "Or she's looking for her lost diary again. Are you sure you didn't steal it?"
Erick realized Kenny was joking, but he didn't appreciate either comment.
"You do realize, of course, you are sitting at my table? I'm going to have to ask you to move."
Erick and Kenny exchanged looks. Who did she think she was? Lord of the Lunch-room?
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So I think my writing has developed, but are my characters truly unique? I'll be exploring that topic next time.
What process do you use to create characters?
Do you have any characters based on real life people?
How do you feel you best learned to hone your writing talent?
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