Thursday, June 19, 2008

Writing is Hard: Creating Compelling Characters

EE Knight has the best advice I've ever read for bringing your characters to life. Here's an excerpt:
Now, the most important thing a reader needs to know is exactly what the character looks like. It helps them better imagine the person as they create the scenes in their heads. For that, you need lots and lots and lots of detail, and the sooner it appears in your story, the better. You’ve got to be careful that your audience sees exactly what you do when you imagine your character. Otherwise they might mess up and just substitute someone from their own experiences.
Now, if you're shaking your head in disbelief: good. Click through and keep reading. It's brilliant.

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