This article comes from Karen Lamb’s Blog. Ms. Lamb has some excellent choices such as Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel and How Personal Should Writers Get On Social Media. To read this one on Developing Characterization, please visit http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/great-characters-the-beating-heart-of-great-fiction/
Today we are going to talk about character, but I want you guys to breathe and relax. Give yourselves permission to not know everything. Art is not one of those things that we take a few lessons and “graduate” as experts. True artists never stop learning.
We read, take classes, and always push ourselves to the next level. Most new writers do not sufficiently understand plot, but I will say that the key to creating better plots rests in a deeper understanding of character.
But How Do We Come Up with Plot?
Some people naturally think in terms of plot. They are the kind of people who think of a story problem, but then need to cast characters appropriate to the story. Other people think in terms of character, a person who they want to cast, but they need to find the right story. Both ways of thinking are fine, but both require an in depth study of character.