Creating Unforgettable Characters by Linda Seger

By Linda Seger

During this booklet, Linda Seger exhibits find out how to create robust, multidimensional characters in fiction, protecting every thing from study to personality block. Interviews with modern most sensible writers entire this crucial quantity.

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He wanted to do a film about four girls who go to Fort Lauderdale for spring break. It's an all-right idea, but I discovered that he had never been to Fort Lauderdale during spring break. We continued to talk and I discovered he came from a little farm in Kansas. ' This little town was having their annual pancake festival. And he starting describing all the things they do with pancakes, and all the details about the festival. And I said, Now there's a story. ' And I said, 'Why take a story that two thousand people could write better than you can, about a situation you've never experienced?

Although she had spent some time serving soup at the center, and talking to the homeless, she had never experienced sleeping there or being on the streets. As a result, details and emotions were missing. It was clear that there was only one way that she could break through the character problems—she had to return to research. The first step in the creation of any character is research. Since most writing is a personal exploration into new territory, it demands some research to make sure that the character and context make sense and ring true.

In Crossing Delancey, by Susan Sandler, the Upper West Side language contrasts with that of the Lower East Side. In this case, all of the characters (except the poet) have a Jewish context, and come from a particular location in New York. Both of these contexts influence their speech. Upper West Side Izzy describes her situation: "I met someone. It was an arranged meeting with a marriage broker. " Bubba, the grandmother, speaks with another rhythm: "You want to catch the wild monkey, you have to climb the tree.

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