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Dynamic characters : how to create personalities that keep readers captivated

Author: Nancy Kress
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, 2004, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In this guide, award-winning author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization and plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Kress
ISBN: 1582973199 9781582973197 0898798159 9780898798159
OCLC Number: 224620158
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 264 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Who are these people, and who needs them? --
pt. 1. Creating strong and Believable Characters : The Externals. Beauty and/or the Beast : choosing descriptive details --
What's in a name? : using monikers to convey character --
Zip code, please : the role of setting in creating character --
What did you say you do? : using the world of work to enhance characterization --
Say what? : characterizing through dialogue --
The artful deception : making dialogue read naturally (even though it's not natural) --
When less is more : pruning character descriptors to a manageable number --
Don't I know you? : basing characters on real people --
pt. 2. Creating Strong and Believable Characters : The Internals. She's got an attitude : using personal thoughts to characterize --
Lost in thought : making clear what, when and how your character Is thinking --
The Pygmalion trap : how to not let your assumptions torpedo characterization --
Airy dreams and solid news : how to use dreams and newscasts to enhance characterization --
The bad guys : how to make your villains as readable as your heroes --
Do I want to know you? : how to create an unsympathetic protagonist without driving your readers away --
The intelligence dossier : a wrap-up system for investigating your character --
pt. 3. Character and Plot. The yellow brick road : how to start anywhere and arrive at plot --
Fight! Fight! Fight! : when conflict leads to violence --
Whose story is it, anyway? : how point of view begins with character and leads to plot --
Also featuring : secondary characters and plot construction --
The characters, they are a-changing : how to make character change a strong element of the plot --
Seeing is believing : a concrete example of how character, change and plot intertwine --
" ... But it really happened!" : basing plots on real-life events --
Archetypal attractions : using rich old plots in rich new ways --
I see a pattern emerging : the connections among characters, plot and theme --
The characters and the writer.
Responsibility: Nancy Kress.

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