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 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