Characters

When I first started writing I thought very little about the importance of characters in a story. All I cared about was the story, the plot and what happened next. If a story failed to keep me interested it was always because the plot was weak or because I saw some of the things that happened in the story as far fetched and unrealistic. I still have this way of thinking when it comes to movies.
I learned that this is not the way when it comes to books. Luckily, I got out of that mode once I started learning more things about what it takes for a reader to be drawn in a book in a way that they can’t put it down. It was none other than the importance we, as readers, put in those who take our hands and lead us into their make-believe worlds: the characters.

Recently, I came across an article from Carly Watters, a literary agent that gave some solid advice on what aspects of a character agents are looking for when it comes to opening the gilded doors of the publishing industry, for us aspiring writers.

Whether you aim for traditional publishing or are interested in self publishing your novel, I think you will find her advice very helpful. I know for a fact I will bookmark her article and use it as a guide when it’s revision time.

Just in case the above links don’t work this is the address:

http://carlywatters.com/2014/09/01/the-secret-to-writing-good-characters/

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One Response to Characters

  1. Kaleiyah-P says:

    This has been my problem for quite a long time as well. Character development has never really been my strongest, because I was so concerned with them being pawns in what i wanted instead of having them be organic. Thanks for sharing the article!

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award ๐Ÿ™‚ Here is the post: http://kaleiyahp.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/one-lovely-blog-award/ I’ve found your thought on writing helpful in my own journey, and look forward to reading more ๐Ÿ™‚

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