Creating Convincing Characters

Creating Convincing Characters

by Nicholas Corder

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Creating Convincing Characters by Nicholas Corder

This book answers the question, "How do we go about inventing great characters that our readers will care about, root for, love, hate or fear?" Using friendly, accessible language, we'll look at why great characters are vital to writers and a range of strategies from the simple listing of attributes to more complex ideas for creating fully realised, multidimensional characters with fascinating backstories.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782791638
Publisher: Hunt, John Publishing
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 191
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Nicholas Corder is a widely published author of books, stories and plays. He has taught creative writing in schools, hospitals, prisons, libraries, colleges and universities. He lives in Staffordshire, UK.

Table of Contents


Introduction 1

Preface: The boys watch the girls while the girls watch the boys … 2

Chapter 1 Why are characters so important? 6

Chapter 2 The character questionnaire 12

Chapter 3 Walk-on parts and minor players 22

Chapter 4 Character actors and major stars 30

Chapter 5 What can we steal? Using real people 40

Chapter 6 What can we steal? Types, archetypes and stereotypes 49

Chapter 7 What can we steal? Birth signs and bumps 59

Chapter 8 What can we steal? Learning from psychologists and psychopaths 65

Chapter 9 Introducing a character 74

Chapter 10 Character in action - why showing is better than telling 85

Chapter 11 What makes him tick? Character motivation 92

Chapter 12 Making your characters talk 99

Chapter 13 What does your character think (and how does she think it?) 117

Chapter 14 Who's telling the story? Point-of-view and voice 125

Chapter 15 Your character and their world 147

Chapter 16 A rose by any other name 159

Chapter 17 The villain of the piece 168

Postscript 177

Bibliography 179

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