Handy tips when creating characters!
I talked last week about character names, this week I’m talking more generally about the people we create and grow to love… and loathe…
Readers have to feel something for your characters. The readers have to want to turn the page because they want to know what happens next – will John Smith be OK? Will he overcome the obstacle?
Characters have to change and learn something about themselves along the journey of the story. Changes can be brought on my external forces (e.g. the end of the world in ‘2012’, or the tsunami in ‘The Impossible’) or internal (e.g. Bill Murray’s characters in ‘Scrooged’ and ‘Groundhog Day’). Even internal changes are brought about by external forces; the three ghosts in the first example and the repeating days in the second.
People you know: there’s nothing stopping you writing (hopefully nice things) about your friends, family, colleagues. It…
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