Who Do You Write About?

“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”

-Ernest Hemingway

Last week, I wrote five posts that describe my process of character development. I prefer to start with their personality and have that influence the rest of their persons. It also helps to account for how they may have behaved in the past or how events have shaped them. Another advantage is the possibility of giving them some interesting character quirks or ideas for some plot twists.

Along this theme, I scavenged the internet for some other interesting character resources. Here are a few that I found from Writer’s Digest:

4 Ways to Motivate Character and Plot: Great tips on here about static/changing characters and how they look throughout the course of your story.

6 Ways to Write Better Bad Guys: This article has some things to think about when it comes to our antagonists. I struggle with making mine believable–both in that they have the write motivation for what they are doing, and also that they are tough enough to do it.

How to Push Your Characters to Their Limits:  Ever read a story where the character does something completely unexpected and off the wall and you get annoyed? This article explains how NOT to do that…

There are plenty of resources out there on characters, not to mention the world around us and ourselves. So where do you get your character inspiration from? Any resources you’ve found helpful that you would like to share?



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