Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Building a Character

When we first start writing we are locked into a mindset that the story has to be told, that the elements come together from describing. I think I had to move to my tenth or eleventh novel before it started to sink in. I'm starting novel number fifteen, and the telling jumps off the page at me now. Browne and King in Self-Editing For Fiction Writers categorize four methods of building character. I'm certain there are more, but for the life of me can't get them out of the right synapse.
  • From another character’s statements
  • From dialog
  • From beats (physical action)
  • From character’s viewpoint
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