Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Week 6: Developing and portraying characters

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DEREK NEALE
Welcome to week 6. We’ve now gathered a raft of methods for finding and creating characters, and seen how conflict can help these characters become great story material.
Just as there are different ways of finding and creating characters – we’re now going to look at ways of developing those characters.
How do you get to know them better – and then reveal the subtle nuances of that knowledge? This week you’ll be reading more from Novakovich on character development, how to portray characters and reveal their secrets to your reader.
You’ll read a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and also hear Monique Roffey, Alex Garland and Louis de Bernières talking about how they build characters.
And you’ll experiment with various methods for presenting characters, as well as learning about layout and formatting dialogue.
Lastly, you’ll be writing a first draft of your final story.
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You have now gathered a raft of methods for finding and creating characters, and seen how conflict can help these characters become great story material. And, just as there are different ways of finding and creating characters, you’re now going to look at ways of developing those characters.

How do you get to know them better – and then reveal the subtle nuances of that knowledge to your reader?

This week you’ll be reading more from Novakovich on character development, and how to portray characters and reveal their secrets to your reader.

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