October 3, 2003, Newsletter Issue #34: Getting to know your characters

Tip of the Week

Strong characters come when you have asked and answered the big questions about them. Finding out what makes your characters tick also gives the story a stronger foundation and plot. Ask yourself:

*What does my character want?
*What does he fear?
*How does he deal with his emotions?
*What are his social & intimate relationships like?
*What are his past experiences, and how they affect his behavior in the present?
*What does he view (or not view) as responsibilities to himself and others?
*What elements of the spiritual does he exhibit, and how does he deal with them?

This is just a start. Like real people, characters will be complex and do things that arenīt readily explainable. Dig. Ask questions. Find things out.

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