Character Introductions: In our own work

Almost done with Character!  We've been looking at how to select details to best convey characterization.  Last week we came up with some details for Amos Anderson, the main character of one of the stories we've been developing.  Now let's use those details as fodder for his introduction using the seven methods of character introduction … Continue reading Character Introductions: In our own work

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 and then next week we'll try out some introductions. Let's use the main character from our human-rights-attorney story: Set in the mid 1950’s, … Continue reading Character Names, Details, and Introductions: In our own work

Character Introductions: How the Masters Do It

In the last post, we listed seven techniques to use when introducing characters.  Most of the masters use a combination of techniques. Here's how. Method 1: Out-of-Viewpoint Description In this method, the narrator (not a view-point character) tells us about the characters. JKR uses this method to introduce the Dursleys at the beginning of the … Continue reading Character Introductions: How the Masters Do It

Character Introductions: Characterizing from the get-go

A character's first appearance in a story is a big opportunity to characterize.  Here are several ways to fulfill its potential. BRING CHARACTERS ON IN CHARACTER If you take home nothing else from this post, at least take this: bring characters on in character. "To introduce any given character effectively, you must first of all … Continue reading Character Introductions: Characterizing from the get-go

Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them

We're looking at character tags.  Here's how some of the master story tellers help us remember who their characters are. Jim Butcher's Dresden series Harry Dresden is a practicing wizard who hires out as a detective.  Jim Butcher has said that he consciously creates tags and traits for his characters to help readers identify them. In … Continue reading Character Tags: How the Masters Use Them