Characters continued

Do you have a list of memorable characters from novels you’ve encountered? What made them stick in your mind over the months and years? Even noteworthy villains have one thing in common: personality. Writers, for the most part, analyze the motivation, back story, and worldview of their characters. An abundance of factors determine why each behaves the way she does, and we as writers should know them intimately.

Cut to the chase—know what and why your characters move the plot in a specific direction. Even if the written back story might not be included in your final product, describing what experiences and lifestyle, upbringing, sibling and parental influences will be helpful in developing personalities and subsequently, plot. Know each one well.

Who do you remember from your personal reading?

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