This month's topic is how characters are defined in writing
and what do I leave to the reader’s intuition? Is there anything I never tell
about a character?
Well, writing is all about the story's purpose, and the
characters must work to carry out that purpose. So, of course, the reader needs
to understand the characters and think of them as real people, either good or
bad, for them to carry out that purpose. At the same time, readers pick
up hints about the character's personality from their own experiences. They
also get hints from what the character wears, does, and says. While some traits
of a character must be made, such as appearance, manner of speaking, and tone
of voice, often the reader has their own perspective on a character’s behaviors
that develop as they read which makes the reader part of the writing process.
Characters fall into categories. The main characters are
those the reader needs to know intimately as they are most important in the
story. Supporting characters help or hinder the main characters in some way the
reader can relate to, and placement characters, who often remain unnamed, just
help create the fictional world as a real place.
Is there anything I never tell about a character? Absolutely. The character doesn't need a biography. The reader doesn't need to know everything, only the pertinent information for developing the character as a real person and supporting the story's purpose
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