By Dwight V. Swain
A jargon-free handbook at the fundamentals of constructing attention-grabbing fictional characters.
Vibrant, plausible characters aid force a fictional tale. in addition to a shrewdpermanent plot, well-drawn characters make us are looking to proceed examining a singular or end gazing a film. In growing Characters, Dwight V. Swain exhibits how writers can invent attention-grabbing characters and enhance them so they flow a narrative along.
“The center of character,” he says in bankruptcy 1, “lies in every one person tale person’s skill to care approximately whatever; to believe implicitly or explicitly, that anything is important.” development on that foundation—the means to care—Swain takes the would-be author step by step during the basics of discovering and constructing “characters who flip you on.” This simple yet thought-provoking how-to is a helpful device for either the beginner and the professional author.
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Item: The dowdy housewife who had been a gangster’s moll. not to mention the fashionable kleptomaniac, the drunken banker, the transvestite executive, and all the rest. I knew better than to use any of these estimable ladies and gentlemen in toto, you understand. That way lies disaster, in terms of legal action for everything from libel to invasion of privacy to advanced mopery. Besides, real people will never meet all your story needs. You must adapt them to fit the picture you’re trying to create.
The poetry of Allen Ginsberg? The neurology of earthworms? Internal dissension among Shiite Moslems? Or is his scholarship merely a financial facade, while his real focus is on world peace or real estate or travel? Or collecting coins or pornographic photos or Mayan artifacts? Whatever you choose for him will both help to individualize him and influence his behavior in your story. His love life is an additional matter to consider.
Test this against your own experience. Isn’t Old Max frequently identified as “that clumsy mechanic”? ” Lorraine? ” Tom? ” And Mr. ” For the writer, the dominant impression offers yet a third bonus: A character’s manner gives you something predictable to write to. You know in advance how he’ll tend to behave, so you know the kind of words he’s likely to speak and the things he’s likely to do. Note how nicely the noun of vocation fits in with this. Just as situation provides a context for character, occupation gives you a context for manner.
Creating Characters: How to Build Story People by Dwight V. Swain