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Write Vivid Character Descriptions and Personalities: Bring Characters to Life

Barbara Vance, Author, Illustrator

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11 Lessons (1h 17m)
    • 1. Introduction

      6:02
    • 2. Value of Characters

      6:21
    • 3. POV: First Person Perspective

      9:14
    • 4. POV: Third Person Limited & Omniscient

      7:30
    • 5. Plot-Based Descriptions

      6:46
    • 6. Direct & Indirect Descriptions

      10:00
    • 7. Internal & External Traits

      8:27
    • 8. Best Practices

      5:16
    • 9. Introducing a Character: Literary Example

      7:04
    • 10. Literary Examples

      8:37
    • 11. Class Project

      1:42
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About This Class

This class is designed to help you write realistic, vivid character descriptions throughout your narrative.  This includes long descriptions where you are often introducing a character or describing them at length as well as shorter descriptions that help move the novel forward, often in the form of character action that also reveals who they are. 

Questions we will address include:

  1. What are the various points of view we can write, what are the unique traits of each, and how does each change how my character is described and revealed to the reader?
  2. How do I make my character descriptions narrative-driven so that the plot does not come to a halt when I want to describe my character?
  3. What is the difference between direct and indirect characterization, what are the strengths and weaknesses of each and when should I use them?
  4. How do I have variety in my character descriptions, balancing internal and external traits?
  5. How do I craft compelling character introductions?

We will also look at several literary examples to get you started.