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Dynamic Characters: How to Create Personalities That Keep Readers Captivated [Paperback]

Nancy Kress
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24 Sep 2004

A truly unforgettable story is defined by its characters. Their motivations, their changes, their actions compel us to read on, anxiously trying to discern what will happen next.

In Dynamic Characters, award-winning author and Writer's Digest columnist Nancy Kress explores the fundamental relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

Kress balances her writing instruction with hands-on checklists to help you build strong characters from the outside in. Blending physical, emotional and mental characterization, you'll learn to create characters that initiate exciting action, react to tense situations, make physical and emotional transformations, and power the plot from beginning to end.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (24 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582973199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582973197
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nancy Kress is the author of a number of books of fiction, which have won many awards.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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I read Nancy Kress's fiction column in Writer's Digest Magazine every month and find it always has very practical suggestions. This book on characters is a wonderful compilation of all her wisdom on a topic of particular interest to writers of popular fiction. She does an outstanding job. So much so that I found myself taking extensive notes in an attempt to burn in my brain all the great advice she gives. One of the most wonderful parts of the book is the extensive outline she provides for creating a biography for each of your major characters. This is extremely helpful! I plan to use it for all my future stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well structured 20 Feb 2010
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It helped me focus on the many aspects of character creation (externals, internals and influence on plot) with practical advice I will certainly go back to in the future. One of my best choices so far.
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Often I find reference books that skim a variety of topics, never giving enough focus to one particular topic. Dynamic Characters breaks down character creation and development into clear and concise segments, with detailed discussion for each topic. The techniques Kress shows have already helped in my writing attempts.
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