Novel Week 3b

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Novel Writing Week 3 The Writing Loft Building Character In this lesson we will discuss: When writing a novel, a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature. - Ernest Hemingway

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The Writing Loft Creating Personality Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world. - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe Make your characters different How does he/she talk, walk? What are his/her speech patterns? What quirks does he/she have? What is it about his/her dress that indicates personality? What personality traits can you give your character to make him/her stand out? Giving Characters an Identity

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The Writing Loft True Character Learning how to reveal character True character is revealed by action. Decide what actions you will use to show your character’s personality, morals, motivations, and other traits. The following slide suggests ways to reveal character to the reader. The nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time, you sit with the character sometimes nine years, you look very deeply at a situation, unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out. - Sandra Cisneros

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The Writing Loft Character s How to build strong characters Motivated action Character tags, such as: Physical appearance Mannerisms Habit Favorite expressions General personality traits The contrast of other characters The choice of a name The character’s response to conflict Moments of truth Giving a person a choice “That was it. I’d never understood before. It was full of money--that was the inexhaustible charm that rose and fell in it, the jingle of it, the cymbals’ song of it. . . high in a white palace the king’s daughter, the golden girl…” - The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Writing Loft Character Details Further Developing Your Characters Place of Origin Childhood Family members Education Hobbies Special skills/traits Bad habits Health Facial characteristics Skin, complexion, hair Overall appearance Moral characteristics Marital status Current lifestyle Home or dwelling Speech I consciously try to end my novels at a point where I won't have to wonder about my characters ever again. - Anne Tyler Other things to consider when creating characters:

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The Writing Loft Assignment Week 3 Write no more than one paragraph describing your protagonist . Write no more than one paragraph describing your antagonist . ** Be sure to tell as much as you can about your characters’ peculiarities—what makes him or her different. **

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