Dynamic Characters

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A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next.

In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

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Overview

A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next.

In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

Kress balances her writing instruction with hands-on checklists to help you build strong characters from the outside in. Blending physical, emotional and mental characterization, you'll learn to create characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations, make physical and emotional transformations, and power the plot from beginning to end.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582973197
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 779,915
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Who are These People, and Who Needs Them? 1
Pt. 1 Creating Strong and Believable Characters: The Externals 7
Ch. 1 Beauty and/or the Beast: Choosing Descriptive Details 8
Ch. 2 What's in a Name?: Using Monikers to Convey Character 19
Ch. 3 Zip Code, Please: The Role of Setting in Creating Character 24
Ch. 4 What Did You Say You Do?: Using the World of Work to Enhance Characterization 35
Ch. 5 Say What?: Characterizing Through Dialogue 45
Ch. 6 The Artful Deception: Making Dialogue Read Naturally (Even Though It's Not Natural) 54
Ch. 7 When Less is more: Pruning Character Descriptors to a Manageable Number 66
Ch. 8 Don't I Know You?: Basing Characters on Real People 74
Pt. 2 Creating Strong and Believable Characters: The Internals 82
Ch. 9 She's Got an Attitude: Using Personal Thoughts to Characterize 83
Ch. 10 Lost in thought: Making Clear What, When and How Your Character Is Thinking 90
Ch. 11 The Pygmalion Trap: How to Not Let Your Assumptions Torpedo Characterization 99
Ch. 12 Airy Dreams and Solid News: How to Use Dreams and Newscasts to Enhance Characterization 107
Ch. 13 The Bad Guys: How to Make Your Villains As Readable As Your Heroes 122
Ch. 14 Do I Want to Know You?: How to Create an Unsympathetic Protagonist Without Driving Your Readers Away 132
Ch. 15 The Intelligence Dossier: A Wrap-Up System for Investigating Your Character 139
Pt. 3 Character and Plot 157
Ch. 16 The Yellow Brick Road: How to Start Anywhere and Arrive at Plot 158
Ch. 17 Fight! Fight! Fight! When Conflict Leads to Violence 168
Ch. 18 Whose Story Is It, Anyway? How Point of View Begins With Character and Leads to Plot 175
Ch. 19 Also Featuring ...: Secondary Characters and Plot Construction 182
Ch. 20 The Characters, They Are A-Changing: How to Make Character Change a Strong Element of Plot 197
Ch. 21 Seeing Is Believing: A Concrete Example of How Character, Change and Plot Intertwine 205
Ch. 22 "... But it Really Happened!": Basing Plots on Real-Life Events 219
Ch. 23 Archetypal Attractions: Using Rich Old Plots in Rich New Ways 225
Ch. 24 I See a Pattern Emerging: The Connections Among Characters, Plot and Theme 247
Ch. 25 The Characters and the Writer 254
Index 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    great resource

    Good stuff for writer of all levels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Great

    This is a really detailed explanation of how to form good characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    Hollyfeather

    I meant the second... sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2010

    Only for elementary writers

    This book is thin on actionable advice beyond that which a beginner would need.

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