Tag Archive | characterization

Writing Romance 101––Part V

We’re still building a heroine named Susie. We don’t know too much about her yet. Here’s a good tip: use little flaws or imperfections to make your heroine someone your readers can identify with. Click to Tweet #amwriting #writingromance101 #craftingtheheroine

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Story-fixing Your Novel––Part VI

plottingWhen creating a story, we’re encouraged to create a “backstory” for each of the main characters. This is what’s happened to the character before the story begins, and affects how that character behaves. But don’t confuse character “history” to “backstory.” Use only what backstory is necessary to the story now. Click to Tweet #amwriting #storyfixing Continue reading

Creating Extraordinary Characters––Wrap-Up

Melanie Wilkes-2  rabb Messala and Judah

It’s been a L-O-N-G series, but I wanted to especially focus in on different tools you can use to identify your characters’ personality types, by looking at least a couple different tools. I won’t get into the four types of Personality Plus; you can look those up yourself. They were created by Florence Littauer, especially to help the common person understand why there are the way they are. #amwriting #characters

Today, I’m wrapping this series up with an encouragement to delve into personality types, characteristics, emotions, conflict, and motivations.

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Creating Extraordinary Characters –– Part VIII

demystified sawyerWe’ve been looking at different tools to help build character natures, dispositions, and temperament. Another is Conflict. Using conflict within your characters will create extraordinary situations, responses, and ultimately, characters. Click to Tweet #amwriting #characters

In his book, Fiction Writing Demystified, Tom Sawyer (yes, that’s his real name), says that using and focusing on conflict in your characters will make them tell their story.

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Creating Extraordinary Characters –– Part VI

Olivia de Haviland as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind

Olivia de Haviland as Melanie Wilkes in Gone with the Wind

What’s your main character’s personality type and how did you develop it? That’s what we’re looking at in this series. There are many different personality tools to evaluate both our own and our characters’ distinct personalities. DISC is a personality tool to help in corporate cultures, whether they be families, companies, or non-profit organizations. Click to Tweet #amwriting #characters

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Creating Extraordinary Characters –– Part IV

Messala-Dominant

Messala-Dominant

If you’re writing about corporate culture or your main characters are partners or close colleagues in their jobs, the DISC personality profiles might help you define your characters. Because characters with conflicting personalities make the best story. Click to Tweet #amwriting #characters

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Creating Extraordinary Characters –– Part III

old man characterCharacters with personality make your readers identify and care about them. There are several ways to determine what your character will be like. Are they introvert or extrovert? Dominant or stable? Sanguine or Phlegmatic? Myers-Briggs, DISC, and Personality Plus are tools writers can use to create characters. Click to Tweet #amwriting #characters

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