Wednesday, February 26, 2014

UCD WRITING FICTION - CREATING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS (4)

We're into session 4 now, halfway through our 8-week course on Writing Fiction in UCD. Today was a breakthrough. As students read out their creations the room came alive with a set of interesting, viable and dynamic fictional characters going about a day in their life.

Our pointers today included:

* defining the setting or initial scene
* adding specific characteristics, as basic as whether male, female or child, being aware that age is a factor
* defining character's goal, how characters deal with obstacles defines them
* giving them attitude, make a list of likes and dislikes; and quirks, good habits, bad habits
* setting your character in a home
* using mannerisms and features of others
* role playing as your character

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