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The Writing Process - Writing In Prose - Creating Characters For A Novel

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8 Lessons (58m)
    • 1. How To Create Characters For A Story

    • 2. How To Write Characters - Introduction To The Course

    • 3. Novel Writing - Character Analysis & Profiles

    • 4. Novel Writing - The Character Arc

    • 5. Novel Writing - Types Of Characters

    • 6. Novel Writing - Characterization

    • 7. Novel Writing - How To Describe Your Characters

    • 8. Novel Writing - Introducing Your Characters

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Creative Writing For Beginners: How To Create Characters - How To Write Characters For A Story

It is generally accepted that a novel can be split into various parts or elements, which helps to establish the different ways that we write prose in a work of fiction. These element are often referred to as the Plot, Setting, Narrative, Description, Backstory, Point of View (POV) and Writing Characters.

Even though it's the combination of all these elements, and more, that creates a great book, by far the most important ingredient is writing characters.

Creative Writing For Beginners: How To Write Characters

It's often said that the reader will not believe in your character unless you do; this is very true. He or she is your creation and it's your job to give your characters life. They need to be realistic to make the reader care for them, and also what happens to them.

This course 'Creative Writing For Beginners - Characters' will teach you the following:

  • Where to get inspiration for creating a character profile
  • What elements to include in your character profiles
  • Identify the different types of character
  • The difference between a two dimensional and three dimensional characters
  • The essential ingredients your characters need to be either liked or hated
  • How to identify conflicts and change in your hero that will drive your story forward
  • Understand the needs of the reader - what do they want from a novel?

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Jim Bruce

SEO Expert, Book Writing Coach, Marketer


I could write a book about the different jobs and roles I've had in my life - maybe I should! We'll see.

Online course creation seemed to be a natural step for me, after years of being involved with SEO and internet marketing.

After making a living out of playing acoustic blues guitar in Europe for many years, I became interested in teaching online about 15 years ago, and began creating online courses. In 2103 I was voted Number 2 top blues guitar teacher by users of

While blues guitar remains dear to my heart, the last year I've been concentrating on novel writing, movie script writing and SEO for internet marketing. It's all about creating and being the best we can possibly be!

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1. How To Create Characters For A Story: Hi there. Just take a moment to think about a favorite book or a favorite novel that sticks out in your mind. We all have them now. What do you remember about this book? Is it the description, the way the story was told on the narrative or something else? For most of us, what we remember about a novel is the character, the main character we identify with him or her. We want them to succeed. They have struggles on. We want to read the book to find out what happens to them. Elements of a novel include narrative description and characters and several of the minor elements. But most people agree that the characters are absolutely key to the story on the novel. If the really doesn't care what happens to the characters, then they will simply not carry on. They won't turn the pages, and your story will not be read now. Obviously, it's the integration of all these elements of a story off a novel that create the overall impression and create a great book. But without a doubt, character creation on the way that we develop those characters is absolutely key to a good story. When I began to write my first novel, I really could have done with a cheat sheet. Some guidelines, some simple guidelines to give me some ideas of how to continue on how to develop characters and narrative and dialogue. And that's why I created a series of courses to give you a new writer, some guidelines and simple rules that you can apply quickly to help you write your novel. In this course you learn, have to create characters and how to make them really unbelievable for your readers. Sign up now and LCU inside. 2. How To Write Characters - Introduction To The Course: before we start to create our characters on developed them to make them real. Let's familiarize ourselves with various elements off a modern novel. The theme of the novel is underlying meaning. What is the old trying to say? This is sometimes simple, and it's sometimes complex. The plot can be in several sections that often has one main plot. It's a road map from the beginning to the end. It's a way that the author draws the reader through the story, along with the main character, the setting or the settings, is where the novel on the action take place. Narration is the act of telling the story on the narrate. Oh, can either use the first person or the third person. That is to say, he can start telling the story from the point of view of I or me. Well, he can say he or she There are other points of view possible that these two are the main ones on for a beginning writer, the most preferred. The study of creating and developing characters also includes the study of dialogue, the way that the characters speak to each other, drive the story forward on display emotion and conflict characters drive the story forward through the action on their dialogue, dialogue with other people involved in conflict and also internal dialogue. They need to involve the readers emotions so that the really cares what happens to them. So where do these characters come from? They come from inside the offer from the all those experiences of observations about everyday life. Here are some important characteristics of great characters. They must be realistic, so we believe them. They must be complex. Everyone is a mixture of emotions, desires and motivations. The character should have a rounded personality. It shouldn't be too much this or too much of that and not too extreme in any one way without a balancing emotional reaction of the other sense. A character needs to have a history like an ordinary person. This history needn't be told outright. That can be him to that on developed throughout the novel, it helps if the reader can easily identify with the character with the characters, frustrations and his dreams and desires. The reader likes to sympathize with a character. He wants to be on the characters side to feel sorry for the character in short to become emotionally involved. Basically, the reader needs to care for the character. All of the above indicates that the reader must perceive the character as being riel. The authors job is to craft the character in such a way that the reader can suspend belief and start to follow the character story. So how does that offer create a character? The process starts with getting to know them yourself. Where do they live? I would rate, for example, worthy. Eight. What makes them angry? These and many of the questions help to round out the character. It's a great tool for an author to create a profile for each character and to fill in the blanks. And this is what will take a look at in the next video. 3. Novel Writing - Character Analysis & Profiles: characters. Like all living things or born, we need to make the reader see them as real people have a history, likes and dislikes and many of the facets of their personalities that normal people have. The idea is, for such characters come from everyday life, from our friends, from people we meet, even someone we see and think they may have an interesting story or interesting way of being. The question is, how does an author take a character idea and turn it into a rounded personality, a believable riel personality that the readers can believe in, the secrets to baking character that you really can believe him is to. First of all, I believe in them yourselves asking questions along the way. What makes this character tick? Where does he live? Did he have a happy childhood? Is he rather angry person or a calm person? All these kind of things that you find in ordinary people in your friends, family relations, the object of character analysis and creating a written profile it so that you, the author, get to know the character on believe in the character yourself. If a character acts in a certain way that doesn't make sense because of his background or personality. Then the reader will find a problem with believing everything that's happening in your story. Let's take a closer look at how we create a profile by analyzing our characters. Different characters can have a different death. What do I mean by debts? Depth could be described as two dimensional or three dimensional. A hero would be three dimensional around it. Character with depth with a history and a waiter or a taxi driver, for example, could be called two dimensional. A two dimensional character. Well, generally appear briefly in your story. They will just come and go. Nothing needs to be said about them. Really, maybe a little description, but they really don't need to be explained. They're simply there so that the story can continue. On the other hand, three dimensional characters are more complete. They've have rounded personalities. They have a history you can believe and see how they were in the past, and you understand the events that made them the kind of person that they are. These people are realistic, unbelievable. They have complex emotions and motivations that can change throughout the story. In fact, it's very necessary that the character does change his internal landscape should undergo growth and new awareness. His internal landscape changes throughout the story because of the challenges on the obstacles that are placed before him so that he can't achieve his desires. This is called a character arc on. We'll talk more about this later on. In the course to create a three dimensional character, the author must know as much as possible about the character that they have created. You need to know about their background. Where do they live, where they pull with a rich? Did they love their mothers? Do they prefer their fathers? What kind of flaws did they have? No one is perfect on the three dimensional character, even in a novel should Not be perfect. What are their dreams and hopes for the future? One of the greatest regrets about the past describe their loves and their fears. The details of such characters should be delivered slowly to the reader and sparingly, not all at once. Instead of showing everything about a character at one time, let the character developed throughout the novel. In this way, he or she can change on grow with time. Please note that not all the details from the character analysis will be used in the novel . You're simply creating as much detail as possible so that you are. The author can get to know your character so that you can persuade the reader that your character, Israel, normally this means internal growth. The character will change as he overcomes conflict on obstacles either from events or the characters in the novel. Here are a few global tips for creating three dimensional characters. Give them some uncharacteristic behavior that surprises from time to time, either from a rebellious nature or some grave event that changes the way they do behave. Give your main characters great beliefs on great dreams and let these dreams and beliefs be challenged in the story by events or antagonists. Had conflict emotions within the character also conflicting beliefs or personality trays? This gives added realism because it's exactly what you find in riel people, as well as showing how talented your hero or heroine is, show the imperfections. And also how did they get over these imperfections on? Still excel at what they're trying to do? Most people have likes and dislikes your main character give them intense likes and intense dislikes make everything bigger and grander and more intense. Of course, they should have good and bad habits. Like all of us, it's a great help to make the character more rounded. If you give them a big and the dark secret that no one knows but themselves and maybe one of the person in the process of creating your character profile, think of as many questions as you can about your character. Go into great detail and write them all down. You should have a list of something like 50 to 60. Questions cover every aspect of a real person's life, their emotional landscape, what they do for a living. Are they religious? Do they have friends, too? They have many friends or just two or three special friends, etcetera. This is a copy of a part of a list that I created, and it's a way that I get all the detail together so that later on I can describe what this man or woman is really like to expand. The analysis make sense out of the answers to the questions right? 3 to 500 words about your character. Try to cover his childhood up to the present time, but you can use as many words as you wish. The reason for the process is for you to get to know the character. As the author, you're going to try and persuade the reader that your character, Israel believable and you're going to make them care for the character. Once you have a description of your character, you can imagine how he would behave in different situations. For example, when he is angry when he's threatened, when is accused or maybe hurt how we behave, what will he or she do? This is what I mean. A man or woman is eating in a restaurant. The door burst open on a man rooms in with a mask on a big knife. What does your character do? How does he or she behave? Based on the details of your character analysis, 4. Novel Writing - The Character Arc: in this lecture, I'm going to talk about the character arc and also the story arc. Before we look at the detail, let me just say that the character arc focuses on the emotions and the internal landscape of the main character or the three dimensional characters. Well, the story arc is more about what actually happens. We're going to look at how the two arcs interact and how one really is not possible without the other. The character arc is the name given to the inner journey or the transformation off one of your major characters, all the major character as he passes through the story. Normally, this is a change for the better, but it's not always like that. In fact, within this character arc, there could be a change for the better on back to the worse, or vice versa. These changes are brought about by events or the actions of others, so an ark for the character can't really be separated from the plot. The plot of a good novel that grips the reader is determined by the story arc. This is a simple formula used to structure and outline the plot off a novel in its simplest form. It has just five parts. The exposition or stars is which is the beginning. Rising action. The climax where everything comes to a head on the hero overcomes the greatest challenge. The falling action leading down to the resolution where everything is resolved on all the problems are sorted out. The story arc is often represented by this diagram. Sometimes it's an arc, but more often it's in the fall of the triangle or a mountain. You can see that at the start of the beginning, on the left hand side, we have the exposition or starts is, and later on we'll define these terms and explain exactly what they mean. The rising action is shown by the slope towards the climax. After the climax, where everything changes, we have the falling action, which leads down to the resolution. It is a useful way of planning a novel and the story so that the plot unfolds in the right way to create tension, to engage the reader in this slightly modified story arc, we have the same pyramid structure. On the left hand side, we have the opening, which is another word for starts is or exposition in the middle part of the novel where the conflict is revealed, we see the rising action leading towards the climb eggs, and then the falling action leads down to the ending or resolution. An interesting addition to this diagram is the fact that the ending on the right hand side , the distance between the base on the ending represents the character growth. This character growth has occurred through the character arc. So very early on in our study of the story arc, we can see that what happens to the character is absolutely crucial because of the things that happened to the character. He changes. He changed internally. Here, either gains skills or regains courage. Something happens based on his choices to make him change Inside the rising action part of the story arc is where many of the changes happened. This is where he overcomes obstacles and challenges on other things created by events but also by other people in the story by the three dimensional characters or support characters . It's a time of challenge and change. It's important to note here that the two arcs the arc of the story on the character really can't be separated our three dimensional characters affect and are affected by the twists and turns of the story. Now the story can be character driven or plot driven. In a character driven story is the character which acts and causes the events in a plot driven story. Things happen around the character, causing him to constantly react. The rising and falling actions, and especially the climax, center around the hero's actions and choices. The character arc represents how he changes as he makes each allegiances at the beginning of the story arc, we have the exposition. This is where the author lays the groundwork for the plot to unfold. It's a starting point of the story and everything that it contains. This is where the author introduces the characters, sets the scene, explains where they are, and describes what's happening at the very beginning to give a basis for the story. The rising action is where the tension mounts towards the climb eggs, and it generally has four elements. The TRIA is the event that sets the whole story in motion. The quest explains how the character responds to this trigger. This event, the surprise is a twist in the plot or unexpected event. These are essential to craft a great novel. The critical choice is when the main character makes a decision lead into the climax of the story. When the hero or heroine overcomes the greatest obstacle and challenge after the trigger event, the story moves on in response, and this is called the rising action. This phase of the plot produces increasing tension, leaving to the climax of the story. Throughout this phase of rising action, there are challenges and conflicts and problems arising big and small, which have to be overcome by the main character he or she changes in order to overcome these obstacles. This is called the character arc. The climax of the story arc is the tipping point of the main plot of the story. At this point, the tensions are at their highest. These tensions are caused by the characters, actions and struggles against the obstacles put before him, often by the antagonised. It's when the most exciting action occurs. At this point, your readers should be highly engaged, wanting to turn the page to find out what happens to their hero or heroine. The falling action is the other side of the pyramid the peak intention is over. People can relax and everything moves back to normal. But sometimes it doesn't move right back to normal because the hero or heroine have changed significantly. The resolution is the end of the book. The main plot on any subplots within it all come to an end. This is where all loose ends are tied up unanswered questions are answered and problems are solved in many books. Unless it's one in the Siri's, it's where everyone lives happily ever after. We've explained the story arc in some detail and the character arc because the two arcs cannot be separated. It's the blending of the two that makes a fantastic novel. However, most novels are a bit more complex than described in our basic story arc. But the basic form applies, and it's very useful for structuring your story. A more realistic story Arc could look like this. We still have the same basic form, the introduction or the exposition rising action leading to the climax on falling action leading to the resolution. But it can see on the way from the introduction to the climax, the rise in action doesn't have one smooth rise to the peak, he has several smaller peaks. These peaks indicate some kind of conflict or challenge that the hero or heroine has to meet and overcome while on his way to the climax of the whole story. This is the way in which the author builds tension and also the way in which the character changes internally. So the story arc in its basic form, gives us some idea of the basic structure of a novel or a story. But in the last diagram, we saw that it's not simply a case of moving from expedition or the beginning upto a climb eggs but many of the many climaxes on the way. 5. Novel Writing - Types Of Characters: So now you have some idea of how the character arc and the story are fit together and how important the main characters are to your novel. In fact, if your main characters are not well crafted, described on have fully developed characters, your novel will fail because the reader will not identify with them and will not care what happens to them. Normally, we have a main character who is a protagonist, someone trying to succeed or beat the opposition, and that antagonised a person or a group that is trying to stop him or her. But there are other terms and other kinds of characters that we see novels. In this video. I'm going to take a look at the different types of main characters, also minor characters on what are their characteristics. And finally, a look at a special case. The foil, a character the often becomes attached to a protagonist or antagonised. The first type of character that you absolutely need is, of course, the protagonist. This man or a woman is the main focus of the story. The whole plot revolves about what they're going to do, what they want to do, their desires, their secret fears on their struggles against obstacles. To get some insight into this character, the reader needs to know quite a lot about them, either directly or implied. This is a character Arc discussed in the last lecture. On the other hand, on Antagonist is a person may be more than one person or a group or organize a. Since it is the government that is set against the protagonist, the antagonised put obstacles in the way of the protagonist so that it cannot achieve his aim. The aim of our novel is to show how the protagonists continuously overcomes these obstacles , which become more and more difficult and dangerous as the story progresses. Now the antagonists may not always be downright evil. Maybe he's not too intelligent or a little misguided. My my just ignorant of all the facts and confused because the antagonist is also a complex character. He could also change internally. A flat or static character doesn't change throughout the story. They don't learn lessons. They don't become aware. They don't have insights into their condition. They're one dimensional characters with no capacity for internal growth. They have no emotional death because the author has not rounded out the character round characters on major players. These are the protagonist on the antagonists. The protagonist. Round characters experience internal growth by beating the challenges placed in front of them. They have fully developed and detailed personalities. The author develops the personalities by using the analysis on the character profiles that we discussed in the last lecture. These characters are lifelike and realistic. Weaken. Believe them. They have conflicting emotions on complex personality traits. Protagonists are rounded characters. A dynamic character is one that undergoes significant changes. Join the story, changing their belief, structure, insights or their understanding. Things change internally. A protagonist is a dynamic character. They can learn important lessons and change their outlook on life completely. The foil is often presented as an acquaintance or a colleague or a friend of the protagonist. He may not be too friendly. He's on the same side, but he's different, either physically by their attitude or other traits such as intelligence. They represent a contrast to the main character, helping to reinforce his place in the plot. Think of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Sherlock Holmes is thin and tall. Dr Watson is shorter and fat. She'll Holmes's intellectual. He's very sharp and intuitive. Don't know what's, um, although intelligent. After all, he is a doctor. He doesn't have the same level of wit or insight. So he's often asking Sherlock Holmes about a case and how he deduced a certain result. The idea of the foil infection is very common and very effective. Often we have a pair of heroes or heroines, but usually it's one of the pair that is the real protagonist on the other is simply there as the foil to help him move along the plot. 6. Novel Writing - Characterization: the process of making our characters come alive is called characterization. We can carry tries in several ways. Some are more subtle than others. The first method is to be direct and simply tell people what a character is like. But, of course, that sometimes becomes difficult. If we're talking about his internal workings, how he thinks what motivates him, What is he like? Deep down? Let's look at some of the ways in which an author can characterize the way that an author presents The details about a character is very important for the reader. The whole success of a novel or story hinges around this. There are two ways we can characterize either directly or indirectly. Look at these two sentences. Hurry was a stingy man and had no compassion for those less well off. So we're telling the reader exactly what Harry was like. Indirectly, we could say Harry pushed past the biggest held out hand without a second glance. Immediately, the reader can see that he's not a very nice man. He doesn't really care about the less well off. This falls in line with one of the oldest tips in fiction, which is show don't tell it allows the reader to become immersed in your world without being told something by the narrator, Then the rate it can show something. But really generation should be just in the background and not really the main focus of the book. Characterization includes the way the character looks, speaks eggs and thinks often all four relate to the others in intricate ways. Characterization involving these four elements is vital to making your novel alive. Vibrant characters are the main ingredient to your novel. I will entice the reader to follow your story to the end. One of the great secrets to characterization is in the detail provide enough detail that make your character unique. On the particular Don't just write a cliche of an existing character that you know off or you read about or you've seen in the film strived for this uniqueness so that the character sticks out in the mind of your reader. On the reader will remember, the really uses the details to create an image of the character in their mind. They feel as though they know them. A well crafted character becomes riel, so the first way of characterization is to tell the reader directly what the person is like . Here's another example. He was a cruel man, a trait made worse by unusual physical strength. So it's pretty clear, and the reader knows that this man uses his strength and his cruelty toe overcome an abuse . Others we could describe a character's appearance and his manner to tell a reader what a man or woman is like in this sentence. His policeman's uniform did nothing to improve his sallow complexion, a fact he was completely oblivious to. He walked around, so he was a real ladies man. So the really can imagine This man is fooling himself, is a little arrogant, probably not very self assured. He thinks his uniform is helping to make him into a different person. He's quite vain, and he's a little foolish in a dialogue is what the carrot thinks. We can use this to show a character's thoughts and motivations, to give us some insight into the character's personality. This man is thinking, How could I have thought that she would go out with me? She is a far above me as the moon is above the earth. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to feel that this character has a quite a humble background, and it may be a little ashamed of it. He doesn't think he is worthy. He thinks the woman is too beautiful or he's not too handsome. A whole range of ideas come to mind. We can use the character's dialogue to show the inner workings. Can't you stop tapping your fork on the table? It seems you're always managed to find a way to annoy me. It may be that this character is always grumpy, and he's just using this instance to express it. Or he may be talking to a child, one of his Children, or you may constantly victimize the other person in various ways. An author can use the characters actions to display a personality trait. James taunted the man, mercilessly pushing him over each time he tried to regain his feet. It's immediately apparent that James is not in a nice man. His cruel has got no compassion for the other. He doesn't like weakness. He has to push him again and again in the reader's mind. This also sets the scene. What is James going to do in the future of this story? we can use the behavior of other people to denote character, how the people behave when he's there. In this sentence, the back of every Clark stiffened as McGregor strolled quietly through the office. The reader can imagine that McGregor is not a nice bottle. His workers are afraid of him is quite a tyrant on the fact that he's walking slowly and quietly through the office means that he's trying to catch someone either not working properly or not working at all. 7. Novel Writing - How To Describe Your Characters: perhaps the most difficult thing for an author to do it to create a believable character, particularly the characters that appear in your book, who are the heroes and heroines on the main focus of your whole story. As we've seen in previous lectures, these characters are very complex, they have personalities, and they change throughout the noble. The first part in introducing a character is to describe them, but just a basic physical description is very unsatisfying. And so we use different ways to describe introduce our characters on the other questions as well. Exactly when do introduce our characters, do we tell the reader everything at the beginning, or do it slowly, deliver the information over a couple of chapters or even longer? In this lecture, we're going to look at the various ways of describing a character to make them believable. On also interesting, a memorable so that the reader conversion allies thumb remember that the character doesn't exist until the author describes them. It's an obvious fact, but it's worth noting the reader knows just what you tell them unless you tell them things that allow them to use your imagination to create the character themselves. we have to breathe life into them by describing them in various ways. Of course, the first level it's used to describe them physically on directly. But this can turn a little flat and let you make it more vivid. Using other words, adjectives and inventing phrases. It's clearly not enough to describe someone physically with Flat now owns a man, is tour and fat and wears a brown suit. It doesn't really give a reader enough to go on to create a memorable character. Inevitably, we can use adjectives with the noun to try and make it more vivid to allow the reader to visualize the character. But even this leaders into a dangerous area. We could say a man is incredibly fat, but it uses an adjective in a way that good pros tells us is not the right thing to do. We find ourselves write in cliches. For example, a man is his factors a barrel. The use of well known phrases is frowned upon in good pros because the reader comes to our novel our story, to read something new, not to re read cliches and well known phrases, so descriptive adjectives should be used very sparingly, and they should be unusual or fresh or used in unusual ways. A novel way to describe the character is to describe the objects around him. Instead. What kind of objects To see the character use or prefer what kind of objects are in their house or where they live? Do they have objects of art or they just purely for utilitarian reasons, practical and useful? What color are most of the objects? Preferred objects can show the likes and dislikes in either design, color or the way they're used. This is a great help to describe character because it allows the reader to exercise their imagination, empty the contents of an imaginary woman's handbag and describe what's inside it. Is it organized, or is it rather messy? Did she choose a handbag with pockets or just one big bag? And everything is just thrown in on top of each other? Is there a diary? Is there a book full of phone numbers? What kind of makeup is in there? Does she have trinkets or extra pieces of jewelry? You could put a man character in the situation of taking a flight. You can take one bag, just one piece of carry on luggage. Because the size of a carry on bag is limited, he can only take so many objects. What would you carry to choose and why? When we are focusing on physical details of the character, we can accentuate one aspect or a feature. This will help the reader to form images visually, more easily. The readers really need to see a character to feel that they are riel, that they know them in some way so they can identify with them and follow them through the story. For example, instead of writing, his legs were thin and weak, we could right. It hardly seemed possible that those legs could support him. They could simply snap it. Any moment is kind of whom humorous. It doesn't say that the legs were thin and weak, but is pretty obvious. He may be a big, fat man, but the indication that his legs could snap tells Arena what he needs to know. To create any image. Many authors describe the face first, a news prominent features to vindicate character. Often when we meet a person in real life, we look at their face first and then in the next second or two will quickly scan down to their feet on back up again. We can use a prominent features to indicate a person's character. What features could describe a cruel face or an arrogant man, an aristocrat, a prince or a king or a queen narrative can be used for some of the features instead of describing them directly as it becomes more difficult As more features are described, different people have different body types on body times, and the way that they move tend to be attached to certain kinds of personalities. Different people move their bodies in different ways. How does a shy person stand? A shy person doesn't want to stand out. You'll tend to stand behind things or in the shadow of something, or try and make himself appear little small. A very tall person may stoop a little bit. Bend this head down on his shoulders, maybe rounded because he's a bit self conscious. Being so tall, a nervous type will not stand still. You look around, he'll move from a foot to foot. We could describe the way a person eats on the kind of restaurant that he likes to eat in this can indicate his class how much money he has on other character traits. Like Does he eat messily? Does she eat very slowly and very daintily taken small bites? The way we walk, there's another indication of our character. Every one of his works a little differently. And not only this. Someday we won't differently from the previous one because of our mood or because of something that's happened that's unsettled us or made is very happy. We can either drag our feet alone or we can walk on air. The secret of a good description is not just to describe the physical feature. That feature should be attached to an element of the character's personality in such a way that it sticks in the mind of the reader. In this way, that feature on the attacks to personality traits will be remembered because it will be interesting. So the description should say something about a character's personality. He held his head high with an expression of slight disgust, as though there was a bad smell in the room. This person may be upper class rich or aristocratic, but without a doubt he feels himself superior. Finally, don't be in a hurry to describe your character. It really isn't necessary to describe the character right from the beginning. Reveal character traits slowly over several scenes on many pages, using the various means that we described. When we meet a person in real life, we don't understand or know him very quickly. It develops over time, and it should be the same in your story. Other ways that you can show your character include other people's dialogue or with other people's actions of the people's reactions. For example, a man walks into a store and several women turn to look immediately. We know that this man is very attractive. Another technique often used on somewhat cliche aid, is to use the idea of a character looking at themselves in a mirror, either admiring one part of their feature or trying to change one part of it, never really being happy with the way they look 8. Novel Writing - Introducing Your Characters: one thing a new author may not think about when starting to write his or her story is how to introduce characters. We spent quite a lot of time analyzing and character creating a profile and trying to make our main characters real three dimensional with death so that their rial for the readers but how to introduce them. We can't simply list them as the novel progresses. In this lecture, we take a look at various techniques authors use to introduce their characters At some point in our novel, when need to introduce our main characters, of course we can use their physical description in a direct manner. But these descriptions must be vivid on very dynamic if they're to be effective. Remember, there are physical description of a character should also link to a feature of their personality. In this way, the reader will form a visual image and remember them and identify with the more easily we can use movement. The actions to when people are moving they reveal parts of their personality and character . At the same time, it makes him easy to remember. Take this sentence. Mike was dead beat. He flung himself onto the dirty mattress for once not caring about his expensive suit. We learned several things from this introductory sentence. First of all, Mike was very tired. He needed to sleep, and so he just threw himself onto a dirty mattress. He was so tired he didn't care about the expensive suit he was wearing. We have a question in online. Why would he be sleeping on a dirty mattress? Maybe is not home is somewhere else. Maybe he's a prisoner, which is Don't know. So the reader's imagination starts toe work and later on other details will fill in the picture. He likes to wear expensive clothes, and he generally looks after them. In the previous lecture, we talked about the point of view, the P. O. V. In a previous lecture, we described how common it Waas to write in the third person, but you could write in the first person that is. The narrator could take the role of the main character. In that case, you wouldn't write. He or she walked down the stairs. You say I walk down the stairs writing in the first person. The Carriker could destroy himself directly by an action. He's performing all by expressing on emotion. If you do this, the narrator's speech, which, of course is the main character should be natural and follow the way that he speaks throughout the novel. The speech should be natural on the action he's performing and described him himself should reveal an important part of their personality. Before your main character is actually presented to a reader he can be introduced on, described by others. This can be done in such a way that his appearance or his personality is revealed in some way. As in this sentence, she's always late, and she'll walk in with that. Oh, is that the time? Look as if she didn't have a care in the world. Fine clothes don't make a lady, and hers are the finest, if you know what I mean. Now this sentence tells us that whoever speaking doesn't have a very high opinion of the woman that they're waiting for. They were there of two or three people around a dinner table in a restaurant. I used to be kept waiting by this person, as well as saying that fine clothes don't make you a better person. She indicates that this lady's clothes are very fine, indicating that she really is not a superior person. Backstory is the name of the history that the character has before she is introduced in the novel. It could indicate what they looked like physically their appearance, their social status or the relationship status. In this sentence, John rubs his left shoulder ruefully, remembering the wrestling opponent that dislocated it so many years ago. We get the idea that John has an old injury that bothers him from time to time. He was obviously a wrestler in the past. We don't know if he was an amateur wrestler or a professional wrestler, but it was a long time ago, many years ago. So we have some pieces of information here that we can start to use to imagine John. He used to be a very fit man, probably muscular. The dislocation happened many years ago, so John is no longer young in this way. When John is introduced in reality later on in the novel, we already have these things in mind on. It helps us to create the character when introducing characters. Remember that static descriptions can be really boring unless you describe someone really well in a vivid manner with interesting words. It's a good idea always to include action when someone is doing something, performing a task or interacting with other people. It's much more interesting than if they're standing there being described in whatever way you choose to introduce a character. And this should vary for different characters. Don't stop the flow of the action. It's not advisable to interrupt the plot to describe the character. Character should be introduced when the plot needs it on their presence adds something to the story.