Writing Characters Using Conflict & Backstory Seven Steps To Creating Characters That Write Themselves Creating characters that are believable takes time and discipline. Creating dynamically real individuals and not imposing your own thoughts and impressions upon them is not easy to do, and is often the difference between a novel or screenplay that sits in a closet and one that finds its way around town and into the hands of audiences. Spending your time building your characters before they enter the world of your story makes the process of writing an easier and more enjoyable ride, and creates a finished product that agents, publishers, producers and readers can truly be excited by. You must first agree to operate from the understanding that the three-dimensionality of your characters is not created magically. The complexity that you desire comes through: 1. The first key to deepening your work is finding the major motivators in the lives of your characters that drive their actions. 2. 3. 4. 5. Emotions are extreme. 6. 7.
Avoiding Awkward (or Unnecessary) Internal Questions By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy The Q&A continues today with... Q: When writing in third person, it reads awkward to internalize the MC's questions. At a conference, agents said just tell the reader...don't put in awkward questions. We all know show don't tell, but when should you just tell the reader. A: Although this is specific to third person questions, I think it also applies to first person to a lesser degree. She crumpled the note in her hands. While these are all questions someone in this situation would reasonably think, there leaves little here for readers to wonder about on their own. She crumpled the note in her hands. Instead of telling readers what they should be thinking, this shows what the character is thinking, and it's easy to see what emotion she's feeling about this. (Here's more on crafting natural sounding internal thoughts) Reasons to Use Internal Questions Sometimes we do ask internal questions, especially if we're angry or upset. When it feels repetitious
25 Ways To Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story I’m a panster at heart, plotter by necessity — and I always advocate learning how to plot and plan because inevitably someone on the business side of things is going to poke you with a pointy stick and say, “I want this.” Thus you will demonstrate your talent. Even so, in choosing to plot on your own, you aren’t limited to a single path. And so it is that we take a look at the myriad plotting techniques (“plotniques?”) you might use as Storyteller Extraordinaire to get the motherfucking job done. Let us begin. The Basic Vanilla Tried-And-True Outline The basic and essential outline. The Reverse Outline Start at the end, instead. Tentpole Moments A story in your head may require certain keystone events to be part of the plot. Beginning, Middle, End A Series Of Sequences Chapter-By-Chapter For novel writers, you can chart your story by its chapters. Beat Sheet Mind-Maps Happy blocks and bubbles connected to winding bendy spokes connected to a central topical hub. Zero Draft Write A Script Collage
Introduction to Theory of Literature About the Course This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose? View class sessions » Course Structure This Yale College course, taught on campus twice per week for 50 minutes, was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring, 2009. The Open Yale Courses Series For more information about Professor Fry’s book Theory of Literature, click here. Course Materials Download all course pages [zip - 10MB] Video and audio elements from this course are also available on: About Professor Paul H. Paul H. Syllabus Professor Paul H. Description Texts Richter, David, ed. Requirements Grading Survey Take the survey Join a Study Group View study group Course Books and Other Related Titles
7 Steps for Writing a Novel in Scenes - Live Write Breathe You’ll notice I didn’t include the word “easy” in the title of this post. There are not seven “easy” steps to writing a novel in scenes. It takes hard work. I suspect that’s why so many writers substitute narrative summary for scenes. Of course, when you’re not sure of the components that make up a scene, it’s harder to write one. Real Time: Even if you’re writing in third person using past-tense verbs, lay out actions in sequential order. Telling a cohesive story through scenes is an art that, once mastered, will breathe life into your writing. What are your tips for writing scenes? Need a good book to read? DawnSinger, Tales of Faeraven #1 by Janalyn Voigt A headstrong young princess and the guardian sworn to protect her fly on winged horses to the Gate of Life above the Well of Light in a desperate bid to release the DawnKing, and the salvation he offers, into a divided land. Purchase DawnSinger today! ©2013 by Janalyn Voigt
untitled How to Create a Fictional Character from Scratch (with Character Descriptions) Edit Article Sample Character DescriptionCreating Your Own Fictional Character Edited by Ben Rubenstein, Brigitta M., Tom Viren, Axiom and 52 others The one thing that virtually every single book, play, movie, novel, and game has in common is that they all have at least one character. Most have two or more, and some—a cast of thousands! Regardless of who the characters are, books and movies and all the rest would be lifeless and boring without them. Ad Steps Sample Character Description Creating Your Own Fictional Character 1Define the setting, or initial scene. Tips The type of character you create determines how the story will arc. Warnings Be careful when observing those around you. Things You'll Need Anything to write with.
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