February 1, 2008, Newsletter Issue #147: Basic Character Elements

Tip of the Week

Strong characters in fiction come about by answering the following questions:

*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 does he regard them?
*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.

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