Ways to Create Multi-Dimensional Characters–Tip #1

I thought this was a very good article. As always Kristin gives sound advice.

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To give characters depth, we have to be people-watchers. Study people. Know thyself. I strongly recommend reading books on psychology as part of research. For instance, I read a lot of FBI books on profiling.

As writers, characters need some amount of consistency without being predictable. If there is some deviation from the profile, there must be a good reason WHY, other than we need a character to act a certain way to move our story forward.

For instance, the shy librarian who rescues spiders cannot suddenly gouge out the eyes of a guy mugging her unless we can offer a reasonable explanation for this deviation from archetype. I.e. She could have been raped and left for dead as a teenager. Yes, she remained shy and soft-spoken and true to her character…until circumstances brought out that wounded part who was capable of going for the eyes.

Today I will focus…

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11 comments on “Ways to Create Multi-Dimensional Characters–Tip #1

    • Sometimes I think Kristin is dead on with her comments, other times of course I want to debate her stance. But I thought the same about Ellie’s conflict. (seems weird typing that)


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