What Would Your Character Do?

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Writer's Digest Books, Jun 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 250 pages
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Get Inside Your Character's Head

&break;&break;Just how well do you know your characters?

&break;&break;Test yourself–and your characters–with 30 interactive pop quizzes designed to help you discover exactly what makes your characters tick.

&break;&break;Noted author Eric Maisel draws on his technical knowledge of the craft and his background in psychology to show you how to combine character traits, character psychology, and character development to create realistic, memorable, and mutable characters.

&break;&break;The 30 real-life scenarios include questions and answers that provide you with a window into your characters' souls. For example:

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  • What would motivate your character to tell a lie–a big lie that may have unintended consequences? &break;
  • Is your character the type who would blow the whistle on a corporate cover-up or would she quietly toe the line?&break;
  • How would your character cope with the loss of a parent with whom he was exceptionally close?&break;
  • How likely would your character be to flirt with an attractive stranger in a hotel bar? &break;
  • Is your character the type who would drop everything–and everyone–for a spontaneous road trip?
&break;&break;Plus, find out how to develop each scenario further using corresponding prompts and specific psychological insight into areas such as the role friendship plays in a person's mental and physical health, conflict resolution in intimate relationships, and the connection between time-impatience and free-floating hostility.

&break;&break;With What Would Your Character Do?, you don't have to guess at your character's responses to the important decisions and unexpected challenges he's sure to encounter in your story. Use and reuse these scenarios on each of your characters until you've got a nuanced, distinct cast that readers will never be able to forget!

 

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I love this book. Its not a guide you use daily to write. Instead, it is a book you go to whenever you want to delve deep into your character's psyche. The scenarios help you realize how your character would react in particular situations and what makes them tick. Read full review

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Contents

WHAT IS PERSONALITY?
2
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHARACTERS
9
USING THIS BOOK
17
THIRTY SCENARIOS FOR YOUR CHARACTERS
27
FAMILY PICNIC
28
JURY DUTY
35
POOLSIDE ENCOUNTER
42
FENDERBENDER
50
AT THE SEX SHOP
149
DEATHBED SECRET
158
STALKED
166
A VERY BUSY DAY
174
A MOMENT OF HIGH DRAMA
182
LATE AT NIGHT
190
SUDDEN LEADERSHIP
198
DIAGNOSED WITH AN ILLNESS
206

ELEGANT PARTY
58
STRANGER IN TOWN
67
FLIRTING
76
AT THE AIRPORT
84
NEW NEIGHBORS
92
BLOWING THE WHISTLE
100
POKER NIGHT
108
ON STAGE
116
VIVID DREAM
125
A BORING DAY
133
ROAD ADVENTURE
141
CAUGHT IN A BIG LIE
214
DEATH OF A PARENT
222
MEETING THE PRESIDENT
230
LOVERS SPAT
239
SUDDEN SUCCESS
247
BIG FAVOR
255
METEOR COMING
264
CHARACTER PSYCHOLOGY IN SHORT STORIES
273
RECOMMENDED READING
274
INDEX
277
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About the author (2006)

Licensed Psychotherapist Eric Maisel earned a B. A., M. A., and Ph.D. in psychology, as well as a M. A. in creative writing. Maisel is the author of "Treating the Muse," "Affirmations for the Artist," "A Life in the Arts" and "Why Smart People Hurt".

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