Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It is fairly important to have a well-developed character because the better your audience knows the character the better the character development. Building up your character gives your story a feel of realness. Every good book that I've ever read I ultimately fell in love with the character because of the Author was able to give the character a personality that I could relate to. One of my favorite types of character development is the indirect or implicit characterization. What that means is usually shows how the character thinks acts speaks by his/her choices of words, way of talking, or how they talk. The other way of expressing the character development is direct or explicit characterization where the author literally tells the audience what a character is like. Both implicit and explicit characterization and drama problematic politically unstable character I'm even a stereotype but hands down both direct and indirect characterization can make you're more complex and unique depending on your choice of words made by you, the author. Character development is often the jewel of a story when a person picks up your book they often want to connect with the characters, they want to immerse themselves so deeply into your story that they forget about their own trouble and joys to take up those of whom they are reading about. People have often said that the best movies are those that ignite emotion in the audience, go figure the best movies are based off of the best books. As the reader in order for them to emotionally connect to the book, they must understand, sympathize, and connect with the characters. As funny as it sounds most readers actually feel as though the fictional characters are there friends. Characters are actually the secrets to good storytelling, to care about the story a reader must first care about the character. In order to do that you must make the characters seem as real as possible. Because the whole story is revolved around the character, if the reader doesn't feel the character is important, then how would you be able to make the reader taking any liking to their appearance, history, interest, accomplishments, or anything about them. When the reader feels that the characters are real, it makes the plot of events matter that much more. The most popular way that a writer can bring your character to life is to engage the reader through emotions. The connection doesn't usually automatically happen there has to be a deliberate moment where the writer reaches out to the reader. Once you've got the reader's attention with the main character usually your job as the writer is the keep them entertained by making the character want something to step outside of their comfort zone and go on some sort of journey. As the writer is your job to keep the reader motivated, keep them looking for what your characters are trying to achieve, even when the situations go from good to bad. The plot of your novel enables you, the Author, to illustrate how your character will behave in different situations. The excitement of any novel only comes through thoughts, emotion, decisions, actions, and the reactions of your character. Learn how to paint pictures with your words, but at the same time using as few words as possible. Use short descriptive phrases of movement, or shifts in the character's body and behavior. The plots you choose to come up with for your novel should be secondary to your character. You want to use the plot to provide yourself as the Author, opportunities to illustrate what drives your characters to make the decisions that they do, to show how they think I feel about themselves, as well as the people around them. Think about these things in developing your character: physical details, physical environment, other characters, activities or daily routines, pet peeves, fears, and motivation. Being detailed about just these few things you'd be amazed how great of a character you can create and also understand why they are so important important the development of your character.