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Writing memorable characters!
By Wendy Laing
Last edited: Wednesday, August 02, 2000
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2000

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As a teacher, I still tutor kids in English, essay writing, and writing in general, so I thought I might share some of the writing skills I have learned through my Uni studies etc. Let me know if you want more!

Many successful books have been written on plot alone with little character creation and development. However the books that endure and continue to sell for years are the ones whose characters take such a hold on the readers’ imaginations that they seem to exist in their own right! The aim of writers and authors is to draw readers into the fantasy world they have created and then invite them to participate.

Try this exercise to help you develop you character!
This exercise is a visualization task. Write a name, any name that pops into your head, in the top left- hand corner of a sheet of paper. Now close your eyes and see the name on the white background. Now imagine that this is a nametag on a piece of clothing. Once you can see this garment clearly, visualize the person wearing this garment. Now follow them as they move along the street. How do they walk? Do they stride confidently, are they hesitant? What do they look like? Follow them into the place they call home. What is it like? Are there other people there? What’s the furniture like, the atmosphere? Put on the character’s clothes; slip inside their skin and into their mind! How do they see the world? What do they most want? What do they fear?

Come back from this journey, and write down your impressions of the character. You may produce only one character or several. The choice is yours. Remember to show not tell! You want your readers to become involved, to fear, to laugh, to cry, and above all experience what your character(s) feel. Above all enjoy and have fun creating!


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Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 1/26/2004
Hey girl...I enjoyed this a lot...especially as it reflects the
very points I use when teaching writing to our group. I am a firm
believer in knowing characters as well as one knows themself..maybe
even better at times.
Thanks so much for writing to me, and I wish you tons of success
on all your books!
Looking forward to more of your poetry on AD!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 7/6/2003
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by Bonita Quesinberry 7/2/2003
Excellent exercise; however, people function in one of three modes thus not all are visual. This plan works very well for a visual but might leave an audio and/or kinetic precariously hanging. Seems to me the best plan would be to teach how to think/recall and write in all three modes: considering only 10% of the world functions in all three--world's greatest salemen.
Reviewed by paul 6/18/2003
Simple but effective. Handy for sideline characters. Thanks.
Reviewed by Jill 4/7/2003
This is a terrific exercise in getting 'into the skin' of a character.
Reviewed by TOMSDATTAR 11/7/2002
nice informative article

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