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Playing God: Tools for Crafting Characters June 24, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — mirymom @ 1:14 am

Some excellent advice on building compelling characters.

Richie Billing

It’s not an easy skill to come up with interesting and compelling characters. My research article exploring reasons why people stop reading a book revealed weak characterisation to be one of the biggest culprits. This article will first consider what makes a character interesting before going on to explore some tools to help you craft your own.

What makes a character interesting?

Many ingredients go into the broth of making character. Here are just a few:

  • A character who experiences conflicted morals, such as those forced to choose between right or wrong, or the lesser of two evils.
  • A character that can do something that no one else can. Only Frodo, with his untainted soul, can take the ring to Mordor. Only Daenerys Targaryen can withstand raging flames.
  • A character that is out of their depth makes for an interesting read. So, for example, Prince Yarvi in Joe Abercrombie’s

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