Friday, May 28, 2010

Best of the Blogs: Crafting Characters

By Brooke Favero
And now for something completely different. Since most of the blogging world is canoodling at Book Expo America, I thought I would focus on one particular topic and then find the best blog links related to it. Right now I'm steeped in revision and struggle with living, breathing characters. So how do you make your characters come alive?

Your Protagonist
Rachelle Gardner recommends a proactive protagonist.
Kidlit helps identify what makes a great character.
Guide to Literary Agents says your protagonist must be likeable and relatable.
Blood-Red Pencil offers exercises to create a three-dimensional protagonist.
Nathan Bransford says your characters need to make choices and asks if you know what your characters want.
Brooklyn Arden says your plot must have a character-based view.

Crafting Characters
Alan Rinzler recommends a voice journal.
Nathan Bransford illustrates how to create dynamic character relationships.
Guide to Literary Agents lists 5 links for creating characters and gives tools for character building.
Bookends counsels against alliterative characters.
Rachelle Gardner breathes life into your characters.
Janice Hardy helps flesh out your characters, write bad guys, and identify mildly bad guys.
Matilda McCloud shows how to create off-the-nose characters.
Kidlit cautions writers to watch your character count.
Stet identifies the different types of characters in a story.

How do you breath life into your characters? What helps you?

Is there another topic you would like to see in the best of the blogs? (querying, marketing, plot, etc.)


Carol Kilgore said...

Great links here. Thanks!

Patricia Stoltey said...

As always, tons of information here. Thanks, Brooke.

KC Frantzen said...

The Seekerville Blog has great discussions on this topic the past week or so.


Thanks for your compilation also. :)

Trai said...

This is great, Brooke. It's always great to get reminders about what we need to be noodling.

I'm especially a fan of the "What do your characters want" and second it with "But what do they actually need?"

Jason Black said...

Those are all great individual articles on character development in novels. (Nathan Brandiford's post on characters making choices is especially good)

But--not to toot my own horn or anything--that's what my whole blog is about:

Who am I, anyway? I'm a book doctor who sees, all too often in my clients' manuscripts, the tragic results of not having a solid handle on character development.

Faith E. Hough said...

This is marvelous; thank you!

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