Are Your Characters Contradictory?

How well do you know your characters? You’ve researched, made sketches, know their background, size, color of hair and eyes. What happens when conflicts arise? Are you certain how your characters will react?

Look at your story and see if your characters have permission for strange behavior. Our characters must surprise and even shock the reader. We want the reader to fall in love with the story, the scenes, and our hero or heroine (protagonist or antagonist). Your characters must show emotion, an unbelievable other side, and get ‘out of character.’

A minor character becomes forceful or hateful toward the main character. If this action is full blown, the female character takes revenge, not at all like her. Or the male character plans a way to get rid of the other person. Or what about a character who thinks she must be prim and proper at all times, and a guy who must be perceived as a gentleman at all cost. Boring. Boring. Boring.

Think about your actions during the day or a few days. Everything rolls around on an even keel until a stressful situation turns your world upside down. You do things ‘out side of your box’ to get back to normal. Take a good look at your characters. How would they react?

Enter conflict. This can be between two characters or one character arguing with his or her conscious. What great behavior antics you can create? Then, the female character hears a certain song or remembers a specific time from long ago. This is something none of her friends know; her other side. From a male character, he may have a past hidden in the sealed files of a court. Each of these characters have issues from the past and surprise the reader. Now, you have emotional involvement with the characters. Next, you need to show reasons for her or his behavior. Do not tell. Show with fear, secrets, choices, motivation, and be in dialogue with them. Let your characters be real to you, the writer, and to your reader.

Surprise your reader and your characters will keep them reading. AND, let me hear about some of your character happenings, ‘outside the box.’

Happy Writing.

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CREATER OR CREATOR

9776003-audienceWhich are you? Don’t stammer. Don’t hem-haw. Don’t question. Why? As a writer, you are both. I can hear your comments – last post she went to the ‘otherside,’ and now is over the edge. Stop and look at these two words and. apply them as them as a writer.

What happens when an idea forms in your head and mind? You began to expand these ideas. A setting presents a possible starting point. Then, other settings form and become other possibilities. A time period pops into your thoughts along with other political happenings in this period. Maybe you see outside the box and something unknown takes over; science fiction, paranormal, or an arrival at a point of time by who knows what.

When these things happen you are the creatER of many ideas. Next, these ideas form and you may have a story. You do many avenues of research to get the right mixture of ideas and time periods. Yes, research and research, whether for fiction or non-fiction. You can massage the research in fiction, but when you write something, you’d best have the correct information. Of course, as you create, you can mix the truth with a little variation. That’s called fiction.

But, places, ideas, setting, and story are nothing without your creation of characters. Yes, you become the creatOR, when your characters become part of the story. YOU, as a writer, have to make them come alive from nothing to the power of the people who crawl into your story. You are the creator of your characters. You give them all of the outlandish ways, cunning thoughts, beautiful bodies, and maddening tempers. Then you put in wimpish movements, unknown possibilities, bright, educated, characters, and whatever else can fit your story

Now, go write the beginning of the thoughts flowing through your mind, heart and soul. Create a place for them to gather; but be the creator of how they will interact with life.

Be a CreatER. Be a CreatOR. Be the writER you want to be.

Happy Creating.