April 6, 2010

Let's Get Crackin': Character Building

Okay, the How to Revise Your Novel class that I'm taking has really picked up speed. I don't want to bog you down with what I'm doing in that class, so I'm going to reserve those posts for Thursday.

But since today is Tuesday, I'll be talking about... Characters!

Big topic, I know. But I have so many links and goodies, I'm busting at the seams. So let's get to it!

First off, if you want to build good characters, you HAVE to read everything you can from the blog Plot to Punctuation. This blog has a number of series on character development, all of which are worth reading all the way through. But, here are my favorites:

How to Revise Your Character's Attitudes: consider complexity and consistency when creating your character's beliefs and attitudes. Includes a few methods and techniques for getting to know your characters and why they behave/believe the way they do.
Great Characters are Like Origami: A step-by-step on how to create believable, authentic characters from the ground up.
The Five Stages of Grief: The latest series on this blog. Fiction is all about having your character's world come crashing down. So, how should your character react to crises? These posts have the answer.
How to Revise Your Character's Mannerisms: this is something I struggle with. We all have our own ways of moving, our habits, our ticks, our quirks. Here's how to make your characters' mannerisms consistent and believable.
Why You Sholud Steal Your Character's Shoes: Why heroic, perfect characters are boring, and how to fix it.

Whew! That's probably enough for today. (A BIG thanks to P2P editor!)
I'll wrap up characters on Saturday.

(By the way, some people have mentioned that my links should open up a new window. I will start trying to implement that. Hope this helps!)


Jason Black said...

And a big thank you for the high praise! I'm so glad you've found my blog helpful.

One note, though: you linked to my original 5 stages of grief article--which I thank you for, certainly--but the new series exploring the 5 stages in detail begins here:


Unknown said...

Ah. Thank you for that. :)

Unknown said...

It's fixed now. I'm so glad you caught that.

.i2Style{ font:bold 24px Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; font-style:normal; color:#ffffff; background:#67b310; border:0px none #ffffff; text-shadow:0px -1px 1px #222222; box-shadow:2px 2px 5px #000000; -moz-box-shadow:2px 2px 5px #000000; -webkit-box-shadow:2px 2px 5px #000000; border-radius:90px 10px 90px 10px; -moz-border-radius:90px 10px 90px 10px; -webkit-border-radius:90px 10px 90px 10px; width:96px; padding:20px 43px; cursor:pointer; margin:0 auto; } .i2Style:active{ cursor:pointer; position:relative; top:2px; }