Here are some very good thoughts on the evolution of written characters. Who is changing along the way….the character or the writer? This is a valid question to consider. James J. Murray at Prescription for Murder gives us some things to think about for character development in our stories. Enjoy.
Linda Williams Stirling
But this first impression is a one-dimensional view. It’s the equivalent of a cardboard cutout of a cartoon character. Layers of personality and history must be added to a character, even before starting to write the story, in order to properly develop how the character acts and moves within the written scenes.
In general, there are five aspects of a character, besides appearance, that a writer must think about before introducing a major character into a storyline.
The first is to consider personal details of the character. These include the finer aspects of the character’s appearance. The writer might imagine an older man as a protagonist…
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