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 | 777 Days Ago
Revealing the Essence of Your Characters Check List. Write to Reveal Character Checklist.rnTrue character can only be revealed by action. At the same time, the reader must be aware of the mental and emotional responses of the character prior to the action. Here is a checklist of things to consider when creating your characters.
 | 896 Days Ago
Myers-Briggs Description of the Sixteen Personality Types: Authors can use the Myers-Briggs indicator to build out personality types for their fictional characters. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality quiz based on Carl Jung's typological theories that divides people into 16 types based on these four variables:
 | 900 Days Ago
The Three Modes of Characterization--Dialogue--Action-- Description or Direct Statement--Aims of Characterization-- To Show the Nature--To Show the Man as a Physical Being-- Character and Plot--Characterization by Speech-- Characterization by Statement--Characterization by Action. Characterization is an unlovely term, but it stands for much. In fact, it stands for so much that it is the hardest point of technique to discuss adequately. In the fiction writer's vocabulary, it stands for things as diverse as the necessity that the whole action of a story be significant in relation to character, and the necessity that the persons of the fiction seem real and individual, apart from any unique quality of their actions. Whether the action of a story is significant in relation to character depends upon whether the writer has discovered a real plot and developed it properly; whether the persons of a story seem tangible and unique apart from their actions depends upon the writer's skill in describing them and transcribing their speech. That is to say, characterization is a matter accomplished by narration, by description, and by the transcription of speech. A reader of a story has a clue to the natures of its people in their actions, in their words, and in what the writer has to say about them.
 | 907 Days Ago
Archetypes for Writers: The archetypes listed here in boldface type are just a few of the many ancient patterns that exist in human consciousness. Many additional archetypes that are closely related are mentioned in parentheses, such as Hermit (found under Mystic), Therapist (under Healer), or Pirate (under Rebel). Please read through the entire list, looking at all the archetypes in parentheses, before assuming that the one you're looking for isn't here. Naturally, it's impossible to list all the hundreds of archetypes that exist.
 | 913 Days Ago
Character Chart for Fiction Writers: Looking for an easy way to keep track of your character's biographical information? Trying to come up with some unique personality details? Print and use this chart to enrich your characters' identities.
 | 913 Days Ago
Writing: You and Your Characters: Once I admitted to myself that I had the raging hunger to write, I gobbled up every book on the subject could find. I still have most of them; I've just gathered fourteen and stacked them beside my computer monitor for inspiration. Each has a chapter on characterization. If you're looking for technical jargon, have I got some used books for you! It seems that there are all kinds of characters: developing characters, static characters, round characters, fiat characters, cardboard characters (oh, are there cardboard characters!), viewpoint characters, sympathetic characters, unsympathetic characters, stock characters, confidantes, foils, spear carriers,narrators, protagonists, antagonists. But that's not all; characters can play many roles. There are fiat, sympathetic, static confidantes, like the unnamed first-person narrator in H. G. Wells "The Time Machine." Or developing, fiat, unsympathetic antagonists, like HAL in 2001, A Space Odyssey. Still with me?


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