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What are your top 3 tips for characterization?

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:38 pm

Hi everybody. :)

What are your top 3 tips for characterization that you have heard or came up with yourself?

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Re: What are your top 3 tips for characterization?

Postby pls » Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:01 pm

Characters are formed via conflict via other characters (or entities). Anything else is author intrusion.
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Re: What are your top 3 tips for characterization?

Postby cynicalwanderer » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:10 pm

In my planning, I like to draw up a grid on a spreadsheet mapping every important character to every other important character. In each cell I then try to brainstorm interesting points of conflict, desire, friendship, enmity, past history, personal knowledge, and so on between the two. Some pairs will of course have empty cells, where two characters don't naturally interact in the story, and not all of the points will get into the story, but I find the technique useful for deepening the relationships and the conflicts that result, even if much of it is only felt in the hidden part of the iceberg and never spelled out directly.
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Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:34 pm

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Re: What are your top 3 tips for characterization?

Postby ostarella » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:55 pm

I would much rather be writing the story than filling out forms and diagrams about characters I don't know and who will undoubtedly still surprise me as the story progresses regardless of what my charts say. I learn about them along with future readers. Based on amalgamations of real people I've known and observed, and letting the characters develop in their own way, I know immediately when they do something out of character as well as when what they do is perfectly in character.

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