Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Knowing the Heart of Your Character
Creating characters is a process. You may think you know them when they first appear on the paper, but as they evolve and take on life you may be surprised to learn that they are much more interesting and unpredictable than you first thought.
Take and existing scene, and on a separate piece of paper write down what your character is thinking throughout the scene. Thoughts are not always reflected in actions. In fact, actions can be misinterpreted...even the author may be surprised at what their character is thinking. This exercise not only brings about growth in your character but growth in the author's understanding of their character's heart.
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