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Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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6.1.3 Revealing characters

Figure 4

Finding sources for your characters, methods of developing them and getting to know them better, is all very well. But you then have to find ways of portraying your characters for your reader.

Read what Novakovich (Novakovich, 1995, pp. 65–66) has to say about portraying a character in the next section ‘Portraying a character’. This extract is also available as a PDF [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]   for your convenience. This outlines some prominent approaches.

As you read the extract, note down:

  • the main methods of portraying character
  • any methods that you haven’t tried.

Try out some of those methods in your notebook.