Creating Characters: How to Build Story People
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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Review: Creating Characters: How to Build Story PeopleUser Review - Ietrio - Goodreads
A horrible writer. The author of a dime a dozen stories tries hard to help you write at his wonderful level. The advice is rather poor and written as paid by the word. The horror part is when he gets to the examples: mysoginy and pettiness. Read full review
Review: Creating Characters: How to Build Story PeopleUser Review - Destine Williams - Goodreads
Twas awesome as per usual for Swain's writing books. The humor section was a bit iffy, but all the other chapters were quite sound. Very helpful. Read full review
TWOSEARCHING OUT YOUR CHARACTERS
THREE LABELS LABELS
SEVENTHE BREATH OF LIFE
TENTHE ROLE OF ROLES
ELEVENTHE LIGHT TOUCH