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In July I attended a writing workshop taught by Janette Rallison about characterization. I’ve been wanting to share what I learned for quite a while; better late than never!
- Write a character bio / share past events that effect the present
- List physical traits, social/economic background, personality type
- Character webbing
- Interview your character
- Write a journal entry in their voice
Make your character dimensional by including the following:
- Contradicting traits
- Inner Conflict
- Intelligence – don’t make your character an idiot
- Heroic characteristics
What are heroic characteristics? Heroes…
- have courage, or find it.
- are clever & resourceful.
- have a special talent.
- live by their own laws.
- are good at what they do for a living.
- take the lead in a cause or action at some point in the story.
- have been wounded.
- are motivated at some point by idealism
- are attractive.
As a writer, an effective tool for showing your character is internal thought. Here’s 5 reasons to use it correctly.
- Reveals characterization
- Reveals motivation
- Increases tension
- Is often referred to as ‘voice’
- Strengthens writing
There was so much great information. Rereading my four pages of notes makes me want to go play with my manuscript some more! (Do I really need to pick up the kids from school?)