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. The word is … Continue reading Characterization: What is 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

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?   Three-Dimensional Characters: What are they? Honestly, I had a hard time finding (as in, "I didn't … Continue reading Three-Dimensional Characters: 3 Ways to Create One

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. In general, a story has four Parts with key Points happening between each Part (more on this next week when we get to the outer journey).  The following … Continue reading Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 2 — A Master Outline

Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1

Updated 2.5.20 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? "Character change, also known as character arc, character development, or character range of change, refers to the development of a character over the course of the story," says … Continue reading Character Change: The Inner Journey, Part 1