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More character development

A cup of coffee to keep you warm and awake while writing during the wee hours of the night.
A cup of coffee to keep you warm and awake while writing during the wee hours of the night.
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As explained in my first post on characters, you need to ask yourself questions in order to make your character a fully fleshed out three-dimensional being. You need to understand what his role is, who he is, in order to write your story in such a way to bond him with your reader. Once you  profile him, then comes the next step: plotting.

Here are a few tips to help you plot your novel.

1. who are your main and secondary characters?
2. what is their purpose and reason for inclusion in your book?
3. Where is your setting going to take place?
4. What will be the main plot problem for your protagonist?
5. What are some of the inner and outer conflicts your main character will experience?

As the book progresses, your character begins to change with each obstacle he faces, conquers, or possibly fails. He may begin mild-mannered and by the end he’s turned into Superman. Well, no, but you get my meaning. Mild-mannered Clark Kent was a hidden identity of the true man, so your book can have this type of scenario. However, you can't change a 'normal' character and have him suddenly find super powers without a justified reason or happening to authenticate this move.

If you want to dig even deeper into your character, interview them. Yes, I wrote interview them. Trust me, writers are unique and the asylum knows this. Question your characters on their motives, feelings, goals, and you’ll be surprised what the answers reveal to you. However, step into your character’s shoes, role play using body language, slang, movements your character would use. This gives you a better image of them all around, plus you now have a distinct ‘voice’ for him.

Remember that your objective is to make your character as three dimensional as possible. Why? Because these types of characters who have inner emotions, likes and dislikes, wants and needs, reactions and actions just like a ‘real’ person will have a bigger impact to connect a reader to them. Without a connection, a reader won’t care about the character or feel the need to find out what happens at the end. The book will be placed on the nightstand and offered or donated somewhere. What a loss.

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  • Karen Cioffi 5 years ago

    You always provide such useful writing tips; thanks.

  • Penny Ehrenkranz 5 years ago

    Lea, good information to remember as we craft our characters. It's important to know everything we can about them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Cher Green 5 years ago

    Some great information here. Thanks for sharing.

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