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03.09.2011 22:27    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Editing  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character pro 5.0  weiss ecreative  character 101  character  
Creating great characters is an art unto itself, separate from storytelling. So, what are the basics? A great character is someone the reader wants to spend time with.
 
03.09.2011 21:49    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character pro 5.0  weiss ecreative  science of character  
Ever heard of serotonin? Without getting too "sciencey," it's a chemical in the brain that affects behavior. High serotonin levels cause a calmness, serenity and resistance to change.
 
03.09.2011 21:39    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character arc  character  character pro 5.0  weiss ecreative  
We've all heard the loose definitions, "It's how the character changes during your story." Or, "It's what happens to your character to change him."
 
28.08.2011 17:46    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Theme  Writing Tips      Tags: character  theme  character theme  character pro  
As writers we've had the concept of "theme" pounded into our heads. "What's your story about?" Every story needs a theme: a single word that tells us the core of the story--or, what it's about.
 
28.08.2011 17:40    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: boring secondary character  secondary character  character pro  
How many times have we read through a story and found one or two secondary characters that just seem flat? There's something missing there.
 
25.08.2011 18:47    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character tips  character  character pro  minor character  
What are some simple tricks to add instant personality to a minor character? Here are four techniques pros use to add a special touch to a character who's there to serve a function and not much else.
 
25.08.2011 18:37    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: stress to reveal character  character pro  character arc.  
Let's focus on using stressful situations to reveal character and better define a character arc.
 
25.08.2011 18:31    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character tips  character  writing tips  character pro  
Truly great characters have an innate consistency that can only come from knowing the character's inner workings. Spend the time developing the spine. Your characters will be better differentiated.
 
17.08.2011 11:33    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: character pro 5  differentiate characters  
In this tip section we'll focus on creating differentiated characters, making each character unique and consistent.
 
16.08.2011 02:22    Comments: 0    Categories: Fiction Elements  Fiction Writing  Writing Characters  Writing Craft  Writing Tips      Tags: characters  weiss ecreative  character pro  characterization  
Fiction writers generally come in two kinds: those who are strong on plot, and those who are strong on characterization. Rarely is a writer brilliant at both.
 
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