All the characters are part of an interconnected web, distinguished by contrast. The contrast between characters helps define each character
Every person in the group should carry their own weight by bringing knowledge or by having a unique skill to the table that pays off later in the story. Each person stands for some quality, an aspect of the story’s theme that transcends the narrow significance he holds as an individual.
Take this test to see if you (accidentally) created a wimp or cowardly character. Interpret the scores and follow the fixes to make him braver.
Giving a character a unique voice creates a vivid mental image of a person because speech is a form of characterization. Word choice, grammar, cursing and even silence, it all says something about the sort of person. Note: this goes for major characters only. It is not necessary to give a distinct voice to background characters or minor characters with only one or two speaking lines.
Your job as writer is to torture your protagonist. Put obstacles in his path. Make life difficult for him, make him work for everything he wants.
The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.
Characterization of character gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
Immersive writing: here are the essential ingredients to immersive writing, creating the fictional dream that turns a story into a page turner.
the secrets to conveying emotion in a natural way in literature
In storytelling, background (cause) leads to plot development (effect) and vice versa. Stimulus and response are a form of cause and effect.
To make a scene vivid, to make it truly come to life, there needs to be sensory information. Senses transform words into three-dimensional worlds. The basic human senses are: seeing, hearing, touch, smell and taste.
Alternative strong verbs indicating to go walking.
Writing dialogue laughs and descriptive emotional expressions ranging from smiles to laughing
Getting the reader to care about your characters requires evoking the right emotion, empathy. This should not be confused with sympathy.
Comic Relief: Writing is all about balance. You need to bring the tension up and release it with relaxation or humour. Give the reader a break so he can keep reading without forcing a break by putting the book down.
Narration sketches the portrait of your character and his development. Dialogue humanizes and personifies the character. Characterization through dialogue gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
Surface problems reflect the actual story-worthy problem but are insufficient to sustain an entire story. Any author should have a firm understanding of the main problem as it helps to provide your protagonist with initial surface problems to kick of the action.
It’s easy to forget how natural and common violence truly is. People use violence, simply because it works. Here’s all you need to know to writer a fighter
The archetype is the foundation of a character. He is the groundwork onto which the writer builds layers of personality.
The hero and heroine archetypes help writers lay the foundation for characters, showing how they think, feel and what drives them.