Friday, September 24, 2010
Writing Compelling Characters Blogfest!
Elana Johnson, Jennifer Daiker and Alex Cavanaugh are hosting this awesome blogfest!
Their purpose is to see how differently every one of us thinks about a single thing. Writing a compelling character. (Yeah, right, they just want to hear our secrets!)
Okay, I believe this will be one fun day. Or two . . . As of now, there are 152 participants. It'll take me a few days, but I promise to visit everyone and leave a comment. I hope you won't mind me jotting notes--this will be one AWESOME writer's conference on how to write a compelling character!
here it goes, my SECRET:
My Word processor's definition for compelling says "holding attention: attracting strong interest and attention."
First of all, I would like to think that I can write compelling characters. It's always good to have a 2nd opinion, though! ;)
Can a story be compelling without compelling characters? Or can a character be compelling without a compelling story?
Like actors in a movie, I believe that they can make or break the show. Same with books. Our MCs can make or break the book.
When I write, I'm by the seat-of-my-pants kinda person. My characters are born well-rounded. They are alive the moment I spell out their names. I endow them with strong passions--whether for want of love or writhing in hatred. I love to delve into their minds and make the reader experience their anguish or sorrow or anger.
If my character can make my readers cry, angry or joyful--I've written a compelling character.
The character will refuse to die long after the book has been closed.
What are your beliefs in writing a compelling character?
Let's see how other blogfesters feel about writing compelling characters!
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