D-KeyNote wrote:<snip> Unfortunately, I don't have any published work with any of my characters, mostly because I'm still developing them <snip>
HABE wrote:It eventually becomes a habit to just keep thinking about a project and harder to get around to actually doing it.
D-KeyNote wrote:I've started writing a few times, getting to 70-something pages before throwing the whole thing out.
Epsilon wrote:So make that story happen. =)
mitchellbravo wrote:Make certain that if the audience learns something about a character, it has a purpose. It should fit in with what we already know about the character, and it should help to shed light on why they make certain choices in the future.
D-KeyNote wrote:mitchellbravo wrote:Make certain that if the audience learns something about a character, it has a purpose. It should fit in with what we already know about the character, and it should help to shed light on why they make certain choices in the future.
Ergh, that's another thing that grates me--it's only my personal opinion, but when writers start doing that, it sometimes seems like the traits that make up the characters personality are used to further the plot rather than define them as people. I can see why you suggest it though; the opposite would be showing the audience something about a character that has no relevance later in the story, so why even bother mentioning it more than once?
It's a fine line that authors tread. -___-"
D-KeyNote wrote:...I predict an authoritarian-esque parenthood in my future.
I guess the two things I'm afraid of when I write are:
1. the characters are inconsistent (kind of exactly what Thera Dratara read).
2. the characters will take on stereotypical roles that I hate (which, I am aware, is my own bias, since a good story can't only consist of people you like).
And the fact that the character I know the least about and have the hardest time predicting is my protagonist. ._.
I'm hoping to play off that, though. If I can do it right.
Thera Dratara wrote:@Trenton_dawn. Things like favorite food and birthdays aren't much important to the reader, but they are important to the writer. Knowing that a character has a favorite drink allows the writer to know instantly what he'll order in a cafe. It's just a little consistency thing to keep track of.
Also, wouldn't you say that things that further the character, are part of the subplot that communicates the character's character arc?
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