Sunday, September 18, 2011
Alexandra Cooper: Show, Don't Tell: Developing a Character
Basic building blocks of character:
Character arc: What does your character want more than anything?
"Stories should start on the day everything changes for the main character." -Judy Blume
What is your character's deepest fear?
How will your character face his/her greatest fear?
Use benchmarks. If a character is in a similar situation at the beginning and at the end, show that a character reacts different. It is a way to concretely show that the character will react differently.
Diamond Structure of character building--four different aspects of a character: Spine, Supporting traits, fatal flaw, and a shadow.
Don't forget to add flavor to your characters! Give your character a past.
Through the course of the book, the character must work through fear and conflict to get what they really want.
Sympathy is what turns type into character.