Creating Characters: A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
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A frequent problem area for fiction writers is characterization. If writers jump headlong into a story with only a fuzzy notion about the people who are in it, the result is a collection of characters who are cliched, stereotypical and not very interesting. Creating Characters is an easy to use reference work that looks at character development from many different angles. The book does not tell writers how to write. Instead, it generates a thought process by asking crucial questions about characters' internal and external traits, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, habits and backgrounds. Following these questions, the writer will find an ever deeper and wider array of options. Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.

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Great reference!
This is a great reference, nothing that you couldn't probably find through hours of research and googling but the majority of things you need all one book. You still need to be
creative but this helps for sure, make sure you check out the free sample!! I personally think this is a very good book to have in your reference library and is something that you will more than likely refer to many times, those who talk down on this probably just need to learn how to utilise it. 

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I can't start a book without it. I would always check it out from my library, but this really is a book you NEED to own. It doesn't give you stereotypes, but gives you real traits, and real
weaknesses and fears that you can use to make your characters really pop. It asks you questions that may make you come up with a completely new character, and even parts of a scene. I don't know what I'd do without it. 


What Are the Characters Internal Traits?
What Are the Characters External Traits?
What Does the Character Want Not Want or Need?
What Does the Character Like or Dislike?
What Does the Character Fear?
What Does the Character Believe?
What Are the Characters Strengths Weaknesses and Habits?
What Is the Characters SelfAssessment?
What Is the Characters Type?
Does the Character Have a Nickname?
What Is the Characters Job?
Will the Character Face a Nonhuman Adversary?
What Plot Drivers Will Affect the Character?

What Is the Characters Background?

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Author Howard Lauther of Cincinnati, Ohio, accumulated the notes and insights for this project over many years of writing.

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