Should use those four steps for every character I write, because going into their complete biography and backstory is awfully frightening! I know I don’t need to include it in the story or get that far into characters, but the little things about writing can be so damn daunting! Thank you for this post 😀
Prose is a mixture of technique and artfulness. In my previous posts, I’ve felt confident enough to talk about aspects of the writing craft that are, in my view, technique oriented. Creating good characters, on the other hand, seems like an art form to me. Let’s see if I can take the fun out of it and get technical!
Each writer has her own way of building characters, but we all share the same goal of making those literary creations authentic and interesting. Where to start? First I want to consider the major components of a character. I’m no expert, so feel free to add your thoughts or tell me what I missed:
2. Motivation (Today’s topic. I knew it would come up!)
In regard to history or backstory, many writers create bios of each character, especially for stories with complex family trees, royal bloodlines, or…
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