Category Archives: Character

Creating Three-Dimensional Characters: In Our Own Work

It’s Three-Dimensional Characters week.  Let’s see if we can flesh out our characters with backstory and description, internal depth, defining choices and actions, and a future to anticipate or dread. Continue reading

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Three-Dimensional Characters: How Stephen King Does It

Stephen King.  All I can say is, no matter which of the three methods for creating three-dimensional characters you prefer, Stephen King is ALL ABOUT the three dimensions of character. Especially in The Shining. Continue reading

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Three-Dimensional Characters: 3 Ways to Create One

We know them when we see them.  We all want to create them.  But what exactly distinguishes a three-dimensional character from that other kind?  What exactly does “three-dimensional” mean and how do we render it on a two-dimensional page?   Continue reading

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Character Change: In our own work

So, we’re looking at the inner journey this week.  Let’s see what kind of an inner journey we can create for the one-liners we’re working on.  Here we go… Continue reading

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Character Change: How Lisa Unger does it

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week.  Here’s the inner journey (to my eyes and ears anyway) of the main character, Ian Paine, in Lisa Unger’s Crazy Love You (336 pages).

Spoiler Alert.  And Long Post Alert. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

We’re looking at the Inner Journey this week (Part 1 here), and today we’re looking at the structure of the character arc over the course of a story. Continue reading

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Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1

Other names for the character’s inner journey include character arc, character change, character transformation, ritual pain, and range of change.

CHARACTER ARC: WHAT IS IT? Continue reading

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Antagonists: In our own stories

So this week we’re looking at how to make our antagonists as awesome and effective as they can be. Let’s see what we can do with the antagonists we’ve got in the one-liners we’re developing. Continue reading

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Antagonists: How the masters do it.

Here are my takes on the antagonist breakdowns of the stories we looked at last week (for main character want, need, flaw, symptoms). Continue reading

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Antagonists: How to create a great one.

The masters use many names for antagonists, including nemesis, opponent and villain.  Here’s what they have to say… Continue reading

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