- Character Foundations: The Silhouette - Every character needs to be distinguishable in an iconic kind of way. This first step begins with constructing a silhouette for your character that will be immediately recognizable.
- Character Foundations: Descriptions - This lesson, and the following one, deal specifically with the two approaches I take on describing characters when writing books: "Show Me" and "Tell Me"
- Character Foundations: Descriptions (Continued) - (see above)
- Character Development: Defining Attitudes - Underneath it all, characters generally have a basic disposition. I go over how to tease out that first step here.
- Recap! Let's Make a Character! - Four weeks ago I fabricated a character taking our previous lessons and put them to use. The result was Reinaldo, a royal printer from a period setting.
- Establishing a Visually Striking Character - All characters need to wear clothing. What they wear is just as important as what they say.
- Crafting an Accent Comprehensively - People go overboard sometimes when they make up accents for their characters to have. Here I lay out some principals that can help alleviate the urge to make your character speak unrealistically.
- Character Mannerisms - How Much Is Too Much? - All characters have kinds of nervous ticks, or specific behaviors that define them. They are easy to overdue, so here's some tips to help avoid that.
Take this week to review where we have gone. Next week I will move on from Character Development to a new series on the Philosophy of Writing. I hope to see you there!