Tag Archives: characters

cemetery

It’s Not a Cemetery. It’s a Garden of Names.

Naming characters.
Should be easy.
Bob. Alice. Ted. And Alice.
Done.

Jon and Juliet discuss naming characters. Dos. Do nots. And they consider an interesting post by J Warren Piece, who covers such naming topics as:

A) Alliteration

B) The Plain w/the Bold

C) Syllabic Echo

D) Rolling off the Tongue

E) Ending Strong

F) Describing Essence of Character

G) Initials

https://jwarrenpiece.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/what-makes-a-great-character-name/

 

comealive

Five Things to Make Your Characters Come ALIVE!

The other day, Jon saw an okay article about character building, which listed such things as:

1 Where does your character live?
2 Where is your character from?
3 How old is your character?
4 What is your character called?
etc.

These are fine to start. But what can add that extra spark?

Jon’s list is:

1. What are the intensifiers your character uses? And please know why. (Example: The guy at the hardware store says Super Duper. Not ironically.)

2. What is your character’s secret? (Example: Has a brother in a mental institution. Who the character took a lot of money from.)

3. What is your character’s three main t emotions? (Example: Fear. Panic. Exhaustion.)

4. What are two of their quirks? (Example: They have a whole deal for eating French Fries.)

5. What is your character’s sense of humor? Do they do puns? What about making fun of others? Something more than the usual scarcasm in so many novels.

dontdothat

Character… Don’t Do That!

Despite all the shrieks and cries, your character has gone and done something stupid!
Jon and Juliet discuss Harlan Coben’s Six Years and what it can mean when characters treat very old or very new romances with enormous (and maybe crazy) passion to power a story.
Six Years (Amazon Link and Copy)

A masterpiece of modern suspense from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Harlan Coben.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. So when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for….

But she is not Natalie.

Soon Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart puts his very life at risk, as he uncovers the secrets and lies that love can hide….

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