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The question I get the most is how I write characters that feel like real people.
Generally when I’m designing a human being, I deconstruct them into 7 major categories:
1. Primary Drive 2. Fear: Major and Secondary 3. Physical Desires 4. Style of self expression 5. How they express affection 6. What controls them (what they are weak for) 7. What part of them will change.
1. Primary Drive: This is generally related to the plot. What are their plot related goals? How are they pulling the plot forward? how do they make decisions? What do they think they’re doing and how do they justify doing it.
2. Fear: First, what is their deep fear? Abandonment? being consumed by power? etc. Second: tiny fears. Spiders. someone licking their neck. Small things that bother them. At least 4.
3. Physical desires. How they feel about touch. What is their perceived sexual/romantic orientation. Do their physical desires match up with their psychological desires.
4. Style of self expression: How they talk. Are they shy? Do they like to joke around and if so, how? Are they anxious or confident internally and how do they express that externally. What do words mean to them? More or less than actions? Does their socioeconomic background affect the way they present themselves socially?
How they express affection: Do they express affection through actions or words. Is expressing affection easy for them or not. How quickly do they open up to someone they like. Does their affection match up with their physical desires. how does the way they show their friends that they love them differ from how they show a potential love interest that they love them. is affection something they struggle with?
6. What controls them (what they are weak for): what are they almost entirely helpless against. What is something that influences them regardless of their own moral code. What– if driven to the end of the wire— would they reject sacrificing. What/who would they cut off their own finger for. What would they kill for, if pushed. What makes them want to curl up and never go outside again from pain. What makes them sink to their knees from weakness or relief. What would make them weep tears of joy regardless where they were and who they were in front of.
7. WHAT PART OF THEM WILL CHANGE: people develop over time. At least two of the above six categories will be altered by the storyline–either to an extreme or whittled down to nothing. When a person experiences trauma, their primary fear may change, or how they express affection may change, etc. By the time your book is over, they should have developed. And its important to decide which parts of them will be the ones that slowly get altered so you can work on monitoring it as you write. making it congruent with the plot instead of just a reaction to the plot.
But most of all, you have to treat this like you’re developing a human being. Not a “character” a living breathing person. When you talk, you use their voice. If you want them to say something and it doesn’t seem like (based on the seven characteristics above) that they would say it, what would they say instead?
If they must do something that’s forced by the plot, that they wouldn’t do based on their seven options, they can still do the thing, but how would they feel internally about doing it?
How do their seven characteristics meet/ meld with someone else’s seven and how will they change each other?
Once you can come up with all the answers to all of these questions, you begin to know your character like you’d know one of your friends. When you can place them in any AU and know how they would react.
In reference to never using the word
‘very’ when writing, Mark Twain said,
“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re
inclined to write ‘very’; Your editor
will delete it and the writing will be
just as it should be.” Source
In 1863, Jules Verne wrote “Paris in the 20th Century,” a manuscript that predicted glass skyscrapers, submarines, the technology to land on the moon, feminism, and a statistical rise in illegitimate births. His publisher rejected the story because it was unbelievable, so Verne put it in a safe - where it was forgotten until his great-grandson rediscovered in in 1989.
It was one of the first science-fiction novels written by Jules Verne, but because it was lost in a safe for over 125 years, it was the last to be published.
When the New York Times published an interview promoting a novel that “dares to mix slavery and sci-fi,” the reactions from literary circles on Twitter were swift and damning. Was it really fair for a white author to be praised as “fearless” for writing a book like this one?
Underground Airlines is a new thriller by novelist and playwright Ben H. Winters, set in an alternate reality where the American Civil War never happened. The protagonist is a former slave who nows works as a bounty hunter, specializing in tracking down escaped slaves. After capturing more than 200 people, Victor’s next task is to infiltrate an abolitionist movement known as the Underground Airlines.
In the interview, Winters is forthright about the controversial nature of this subject-matter. “The first impulse is to go, oh man, are you supposed to be writing about that, as a white American?” he told the Times. “We tend to think of racism and slavery as something that’s appropriate only for black artists to engage with, and there’s something troubling and perverse about that.”
Other authors did not accept this attitude with open arms.
Nikola Tesla and Mark Twain were
best friends and mutual fanboys. Source
HAPPY BEST FRIENDS DAY!!! Idk about you, but I have some pretty awesome besties. Love to you all. Here are some bonus facts about amazing, adorable, and/or unlikely friendships to give you some warm fuzzies on this magical day:
❤️ Dogs and foxes. I can’t.
Dogs aren’t ‘man’s best friend,’ they can be besties with anyone and anything. 🐶
🐱 🐭 🐹 🐰 🐼 🐨 🐯
🐸 🐙 🐵
🐧 🐥 🐴 🐢 🐬 🐳 🐪 🐘 🐐 🐏 🐑 🐎 🐁 🐓 🐇 🐿🐈🐩
what i hate is when people say writing isn’t a real job because “anyone can do it.” like, thousands of people get their book pitches rejected every year. most books go through several rounds of edits before they get published. most authors write multiple stories before one actually sees the light of day. writing a book is time and energy consuming, and not everyone has it in them to stick with it long enough to actually get a book published. not everyone can keep writing even when they want to give up. not everyone is willing to listen to criticism – and not everyone knows when to ignore it.
yes, everyone can write a book.
but not everyone will. and not everyone can write a good book.
and for people that do, it’s hard fuckingwork, you shitheads
R.L. Stine never included divorce,
drug use, or child abuse in his
Goosebumps books because he
wanted to make sure that kids
understood they were reading a
fantasy that could never happen
in real life. Source