Friday, March 2, 2012
Character Traits and You, a Survey
Don't you love villains? Did you notice any familiar traits? Greed. Obsession. Self importance? A disregard for others? Oh yes, all of those traits surface in every villain we watched sing their songs.
In movies like the ones shown above, there is little time to truly develop your characters. Writer's rely on old standby character traits. You may also want to use one of these traits or all of them. But in a book, you have a lot more space and time to really flesh out a character. Both villain and hero come alive to you and to your readers.
I am starting a new theme on Monday to discuss Character Traits. We want to build 3 dimensional characters. So help me out a little. I have a survey on the right sidebar and one in this post. Please take a moment to share your struggles with your characters.
A. What Character Trait is the most difficult to capture?
B. Do you struggle more with your hero or villain?
Fill in the blank.
C. Does your character have an unfamiliar challenge or personality trait? What is it? It may be a fear you're not familiar with or some other thing that isn't easily researched.
I'll do my best to address all your comments with real answers to each challenge in coming post every Monday.
Thanks for your help.