Character development

Posted by Troy on 24th March 2012 in Writing

One thing I want to do when I write is avoid telling the audience about the character.  Instead, I want to show them the character.  If I tell the audience “He was an honorable man who everyone respected and liked,” it loses a lot of power.  The audience will not connect with that character near as much.  However, if I allow the audience to get to know the person by their thoughts, actions, and interactions with others, the audience will connect with the character.  In the case of Carlos Santiago, I hope that I made a character that people will like even though he is a terrible human being.  The only way this could be accomplished is with good character development.

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