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How to Create Vivid, Believable Characters

How to Create Vivid, Believable Characters

Join John Harman at Mattie Furphy House on Saturday 21st September for second workshop in the series, How to Writer and Publish a Novel. A story is a completed process of change which has the ability to move readers feelings powerfully and pleasurably (or painfully) in a definite way. But though the story may arise and progress out of causality (plot) it is our interest in… affinity with…horror at…the protagonist or antagonist that keeps us hooked. Frequently we remember characters long after we have forgotten the plot. A story may be structured like a journey with a compass – the premise… them…threads. A map – the plot. An engine – the motivation of the protagonist (and other central characters). Dialogue – the fuel of the story. Exposition – the territory through which the story travels.

This means the depth, dimensionality and authenticity of the story characters are vital. Many new writers are too soft on their characters and as the story may be a quest – a hard, dangerous journey (either physical or emotional) from point a to point b in which the protagonist has an extremely strenuous time, the writer needs to create characters who can take all the physical, emotional and mental punishment the story is about to hand out. Fictional characters must possess sufficient strength of character to handle difficult dilemmas. In other words – characters must be up to the plot.