Dynamic Characters: How to Create Personalities That Keep Readers Captivated Paperback – 24 Sep 2004
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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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- Part one - the externals
- part two - the internals
- part three - character and plot
-which have then been split down in further, smaller chapters so they are easy to refer back to at a later do. Inside the middle of the book, there is also a character dossier you may photocopy and fill in about your individual characters, which I also found extremely helpful, as it has helped me to organise the information about the saud characters.
Rather than focussing on the basics, though it does go over them as well, Kress has focused on things you may not have thought about, such as how childhood, names and setting may effect your character, while forever keeping how this may effect the plot in mind, which is also an interesting aspect other books don't always delve into in such detail.
However, the only flaw I have found with the guide is that, though it does speak about protagonists as a singular topic, the focus is mainly on how to make books with unsympathetic main characters still readable, rather than how to make characters readable in the first place. Though, I suppose you could argue this is what the whole book is actually doing.
Over all, I have found the book an enjoyable read and easy to refer back to, which I recommend you do on a regualr basis. If you're hunting for a book on characterisation, this is the book for you!
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A terrific book: easy to read, humorous, full of the kind of information I felt I needed, but didn't get in creative writing class.Published on 10 Sept. 2013 by Louise Carr
It should go without saying that characters, and characterisation, are the key to the success of any story. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2012 by M. Carter