Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
ISBN/ASIN: 0806139188,9780806139180 | 2008 | English | epub | 208/0 pages | 0.26 Mb
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press | Author: Dwight V. Swain
A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters.
Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along.
“The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.