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Character Development: Separating Characters from Yourself and Other Characters

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Anonymous asked: I have difficulty ‘connecting’ with my characters. Often I find them seem like me, and I can’t tell if it’s because it’s part of them, or part of me. I have difficulty thinking about writing characters far from me, and I really don’t know what to do. They could just be them, or they could be me. (It might also be a problem that I believe I have a sort of mild mpd, just bc I have strong mood or personality switches, so I can constantly react to things very differently.) so then I don’t know if it’s them or me even more) I know this is straying very close to something you wouldn’t answer, but I just need help knowing my characters easily and knowing the distinct differences between them and I. I’m sorry, I know this is difficult, it sounds difficult to me. But if you can’t answer it or have no idea what I’m saying/don’t understand, could you publish it anyway? See if anyone else gets it? Thank you so much, I just need help with my characters



You could try doing a comparison chart to show all the differences between you and each character. A basic one might look like this:
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You could add a column at the beginning for listing particular traits (hair color, eye color, likes, dislikes, mood, personality, hopes, fears, etc.), or you can just list everything that is unique to yourself or to a particular character. If you see a lot of similarities, you can augment as needed to keep everyone relatively different. A few similarities are okay, however, and each character will probably have a few things in common with you, as well, which is totally normal. :)

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Why the Right Word Choices Result in Better Writing
4 Ways To Have Confidence in Your Writing
Writing Better Than You Normally Do
How’s My Driving?
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Types of Crying
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Commonly Confused Adjectives
A Guide on Punctuation
Common Writing Mistakes
25 Synoms for ‘Expession’
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Words to Keep Inside Your Pocket
The 13 Trickiest Grammar Hang-Ups
Other Ways to Say..
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300+ Sophiscated and Underused Words
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my-chemical-everything asked: How do you reveal important things about your characters pasts without it seeming forced?

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It’s usually best to bring it up when it’s relevant to the current scene, unless you’re trying to make a point that the memories are invasive. You can create a small scene for this that also reveals something else about your character.

You can also reveal the information in steps so that it feels more natural. Think about when you remember an event that happened to you: you don’t have an internal two-minute monologue about the time you took a vacation. You remember bits and pieces that create a feeling. To replicate that feeling, try something like this:

Amy tapped her fingers nervously on her desk, gazing out the window at the concrete wall across the alley. It was almost 4:30 and she hadn’t so much as flipped a page in the file open in front of her in ten minutes. She cast a worried glance over her shoulder at the department manager and quickly straightened the papers before cramming the file into her bottom drawer.

Four of the other girls were going to the bar after work and Amy only had a small window of time she could escape in before they showed up in her cubicle to drag her away. They couldn’t see her - she was running out of excuses and although she wasn’t sure, her dog may have died twice in the last six months.

In a later scene:

The waiter handed her a short, wide glass and glared at her. She could hardly blame him - three drinks and not one tip. But what was she supposed to do? She was already spending money she didn’t have on drinks she wasn’t drinking. Amy tried to pretend that it wasn’t there, that her heart wasn’t pounding with stress, but the glass was slippery and cold and she couldn’t help but let the smooth scent of gin waft up her nose. The walk back to the crowded table was too long.

The first scene reveals some information about the character:

  • Amy has an office job, and probably not a high-flying one judging by her view and her worry about her manager
  • Her coworkers like her enough to invite her out repeatedly even though she keeps turning them down
  • She’s a sloppy liar, or lies so much that she can’t keep track of it
  • She’s been working there for at least six months
  • Something about going to the bar or out with her coworkers makes her nervous

The second scene expands upon that by revealing that

  • She didn’t escape/couldn’t lie her way out of going
  • She doesn’t have money to blow on drinks
  • She’s not drinking them but finds them enticing, which is setting you up to reveal in more detail at some point that she’s a recovering alcoholic.

You can reveal just about anything about a character this way without having the scene be clunky and out of place. When I’m doing exposition, I always like to make sure a scene is revealing at least two things about a character’s personality, motivations, past, etc. Scenes that exist only for one purpose often feel flat to me. It’s interesting to read because it lets the reader deduce a bit on their own, which is more like what we would actually experience if we were discovering something about a real person. Your approach will need to vary a bit depending how explicit or surprising you want to be, but hopefully this gives you a starting point!

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The Importance of Body Language

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Describing a character’s body language can be very important and helps your story from being too “telly”. You end up showing your readers how your characters are feeling instead of constantly telling them what’s going on. For example, if someone’s face “burns bright red”, you know they’re either angry or embarrassed (or perhaps a combination of both). Depending on context, your readers can figure out how your character is reacting. Using these simple techniques can help improve your story and make it much more entertaining.

  • A character that is over confident (possibly the antagonist) will most likely stand taller, put hands on his or her hips, or bark orders at others. The way they sit will also reveal a lot about their character. Their legs will probably be unfolded and they might sit up straighter to show dominance.
  • Someone who is shy and closed off will slump his or her shoulders or wrap their arms around their legs if they are sitting. They will do anything to remain unnoticed, which will come across in their body language. Submissive people tend to smile a lot because they might not want to engage in conversation.
  • Anger can be described through clenched teeth, reddening skin, heavy breathing, or crossing arms. If a character feels physically threatened, he or she might ball her fists as if ready for a fight.
  •  When people lie they tend to touch their face or avoid eye contact. They will try any physical action that might distract people from the fact that they are lying and it will often be subtle.
  • I once read that when you’re attracted to someone or open to conversation with them, you’ll point your knees in their direction. Your knees will often face the person who you wish to talk to. If someone is not open to conversation or feels uncomfortable, they will turn their body away from the person to show they aren’t interested.

There are a lot of clues in everyday life as long as you pay attention to them. If you want to learn more about body language, all you have to do is analyze the people around you or even yourself. What do you do when you lie? How do people know when you’re happy? Take a look around and observe.

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Major Writing Errors: How to Fix Them

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thedancingwriter:

All writing advice is subjective, but there are some mistakes in writing that WILL ensure your novel’s failure, not only to your readers but to those who might be your potential agent or publisher. I’ve never really come across these mistakes when I used to review short stories for my literary…

Decided to re-blog this one for my followers, especially because some of my posts have been going viral—again—lately. 

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Organize Your Plot: Part 1

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Outlines

Writers are never short on ideas, but oftentimes we have trouble sorting them out and getting them down on the page. It can be daunting, especially when you have a complex concept or world that has to be built, but it’s useful to know that you’re not the only one facing this issue. As such, there have been many methods devised to help you better organize your story ideas and punch that first road block right in the face. One such is the outline.

First, if you don’t already know the structure of a story, I’d check this article out: Plotting Methods for Meticulous Plotters 

There are a TON of ways to handle an outline, and everyone has their own methods. I don’t usually link the Daily Mail, but here’s an article they did showing some outlines belonging to famous authors to give you an idea of the variations. I’m going to be covering a more standard format in this section.

Outlines are useful for organizing the time line of events in your story as well as keeping track of multiple character arcs. You can be as detailed, or as brief, as you need to be with your outline, since you’re going to be using it as the skeleton for your story. Nothing you write for your outline is set in stone. Expect it to change because stories evolve as you build them. I recommend typing outlines for easy editing at a later point.

I normally set up outlines like this:

Chapter #

Character (Since I have more than one POV.)

  • Idea for how the chapter opens, what the focus character is doing.

  • Details, which will include a description of what happens next, how my character feels about the situation, maybe a line of dialogue I thought of, a piece of imagery I want to use, a question if this particular item is appropriate for the scene or better served elsewhere, a concept idea, a note about how this plot line may or may not work later, etc. It is always easier to move a story element in an outline than it is in the actual draft.

  • Continue listing what happens

  • Next, taking up as much space and as many bullet points as you need. Use a new bullet point when you have a new idea, or a new action or event. My outlines for chapters tend to be a page or more, as I’m very specific.

  • If you only have a general idea of what’s going in a section, or you’ve dug yourself into a plot hole that you can’t fix right now, make a note and come back to it later. You may find as you progress in your outline that you will come up with an acceptable answer to your stuck point working on a later chapter.

  • How the chapter ends. It should lead into the next chapter.

If you want to track character arcs, you can highlight or color-code your text for specific characters throughout the outline so you can see their progression through the overall narrative. I also tend to make note of how I want this character to change by the end of the book if necessary.

My outlines, when I actually do them, tend to go on for a while. The last time I did one the document was around 20 pages or so. This, of course, may be way too much detail for some of you, so feel free to slim down.

Bare Bones Outline:

Chapter 1 (Title, if applicable)

Character

  • Main character bites into sandwich. The act of doing so transports him into a different realm.

  • He falls out of the sky and onto a funeral precession.

  • Disoriented, he is attacked by the precession’s guards while being shouted at by the mourners.

  • Our hero runs away, still having no clue what’s going on. He flees into the woods.

  • He ends up stumbling around, nearly crashing into trees, and eventually runs into what looks like a rock. However, the rock moves and turns to reveal it’s some sort of creature.

  • End chapter on main character staring at the angry, dripping maw of the beast.

This example shows you the main points of the chapter, the focus character, his possible conflict, and an end point that leads you right into the next chapter.

Bulleted lists work the best for me as far as formatting goes, but feel free to use standard numbers, arrows, or Roman numerals if that suits you best.

Outline Tools:

Some people like to use specific programs for outlining. I use OpenOffice (or Microsoft Office, but I’m cheap), though others exist:

  • Microsoft One Note (usually comes with new Windows PCs).
  • Omni Outliner (Mac OS).
  • Free Mind (not a traditional outline and is instead a visual mapping tool).
  • Scrivner.
  • Redhaven Outline.
  • Excel or Google Docs (for spreadsheets).

Happy outlining!

-Morgan