Characters personify specific aspects of the author

Tags: Writing CharacterizationCharacterization

Compelling characters are often drawn from the lived experience of the author. Authors will often select some aspect of themselves and amplify it through the experience on the page. Louise Dean describes this in terms of forcing a piece of herself to face its fear or worst circumstance.

  • See Write what you knowWrite what you know
    Tags: [[Writing]] [[Characterization]]

    Writers are often advised to "write what you know." This axiom is often misunderstood to mean that writers should confine themselves to events or places with...
    - This is a critical aspect of "write what you know" — pulling from one's own experience and exposing some aspect of themselves to the crucible of story

Authors will also draw from those around them, again pulling out specific parts of them and putting them into challenging new circumstances that help illustrate their character.

  • See Keep characters focusedKeep characters focused
    Tags: [[Writing]] [[Characterization]]

    Each character in fiction should be crafted with a limited number of key traits that are revealed through conflict in the story. Characters need focus: burde...
  • See Conflict reveals characterConflict reveals character
    Tags: [[Characterization]] [[Writing]]

    A novel illustrates the transformation of a character into someone capable of overcoming their fatal flaw. The trajectory of that transformation is revealed ...


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