Dynamic Characters

ISBN-10: 1582973199
ISBN-13: 9781582973197
Edition: 2004
Authors: Nancy Kress
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Description: Author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization & the plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

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Book details

List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: F&W Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Author Nancy Kress explores the crucial relationship between characterization & the plot, illustrating how vibrant, well-constructed characters act as the driving force behind an exceptional story.

Introduction: Who Are These People, and Who Needs Them?
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
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
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 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
Index

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