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Character Names, Details, and Introductions: In our own work

We’ve been looking at how to select character details and introduce characters.  Today, we’re going to select some concrete details for the main character of one of the stories we’ve been working on Continue reading

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Characterizing Details: How Thomas Harris Does It

I read Red Dragon again recently.  Let’s look at the details Thomas Harris chose for his antagonist’s introduction, Continue reading

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A Particular Character Detail: Choosing Names

As Nancy Kress says, “Characters have to be called something. And since they do, you  may as well . . . make your names contribute to world building, characterization, and plot development.”  To that end, here’s what the craft masters have to say about choosing character names. Continue reading

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Character Details: How to Choose

Whether you know everything about your characters before you start writing or nothing about them, you can’t include every single detail in your manuscript. (Well, you can, but you probably shouldn’t.)

As Nancy Kress says, you’ll want to “choose artfully.” You’ll want to home in on the particular details your readers are looking for.  Which details are those, you ask?  Read on . . .
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Characterization: What is it?

We’ve been looking at character: introducing the character, forging the reader-character bond, creating contradictions . . .  All good stuff. But let’s back up a bit.  There’s a word that gets thrown around a lot about character, and, I’ll admit, sometimes I feel like maybe I don’t actually know what it means. Continue reading

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