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Naming Characters by Jane Isaac
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Names help to define an individual and form the basis of the many layers it takes to build them. In essence, a strong name makes the character real in our...

Breathing Life into Historical Fiction Characters by Sheila Forsey
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It was not enough to simply research what it was like to live in the time period of my novel.  Somehow, I needed to feel the emotion of my characters...

Character in a Screenplay: Bringing it all Together by Lindsay J Sedgwick
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What you are looking for when you develop a character are experiences or memories that have shaped her. The process will often reveal traits that wouldn’t have been obvious to...

Character in a Screenplay: Mining the Depths by Lindsay J Sedgwick
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“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink...

Are You a Good Character Witness? by Sam Blake
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There is an age old debate about whether great crime is plot or character driven. Plot is essential, but without great characters and conflict between those characters, there is no...

The Character Dossier by Dr. Bob Rich
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The aim of all fiction is to induce emotion in the reader. While immersed in your story, a person should be encouraged to enter its reality, so that, for the...

Building Character: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey
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I was asked recently how I came up with the character of Kay Kelly. For those who have not read the book, Kay Kelly is the first-person narrator of my...

Spare Words – A Tip for Writing Characters by Andrea Mara
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What if something happened in my next-door neighbour’s house, and nobody knew? What if we’re all so busy at work every day, and minding small children at night, and we...

The Unreliable Narrator: Midday by David B. Lyons
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Get ready to lie. Crime fiction is surfing a wave of evolution right now. The highest-selling fiction genre has always carried with it similar dark themes, gripping story arcs and...

Second Novel Syndrome by Shane Dunphy
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In 2009 I was making a documentary for RTE television and, as part of the shoot, the crew and I ended up in the beautiful English village of Dorking.  We...