Creating Characters: How to Build Story People

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University of Oklahoma Press, Nov 28, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 208 pages

A jargon-free manual on the basics of developing interesting fictional characters

Vibrant, believable characters help drive a fictional story. Along with a clever plot, well-drawn characters make us want to continue reading a novel or finish watching a movie. In Creating Characters, Dwight V. Swain shows how writers can invent interesting characters and improve them so that they move a story along.

“The core of character,” he says in chapter 1, “lies in each individual story person’s ability to care about something; to feel implicitly or explicitly, that something is important.” Building on that foundation—the capacity to care—Swain takes the would-be writer step-by-step through the fundamentals of finding and developing “characters who turn you on.” This basic but thought-provoking how-to is a valuable tool for both the novice and the seasoned writer.

 

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This is a book of technique mainly for those just beginning to write. It's full of practical advice for those who would like to make their stories more believable, the players and the stories ... Read full review

Contents

THREEZLABELS LABELS
1
SE YENZTHE BREATH OF LIFE
NINE WILD QARDS
TENZTHE ROLE OF ROLES
ELEYENZTHE LIQHT TOUCH
TWELYEZTHE RIQHT WORDS
HE THINQS THEY
F URTEEN ARIATIONS ON A THEME
FIFTEEN THE HARA TER OUT F TIME
You plug the gaps where belief leaks
SEYENTEENZTHE SEARQH FOR ZEST
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Dwight V. Swain spent a lifetime writing newspaper and magazine articles, pulp fiction, and screenplays. For more than twenty years he taught in the Professional Writing Program at the University of Oklahoma. His popular books, Techniques of the Selling Writer and Creating Characters: How to Build Story People are published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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