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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Places Characters Come From

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People you know, memory and strangers
are excellent places fictional characters
come from. Let's take a closer look.

People You Know
•Many writers take traits, qualities, from friends or family.
•You know their strengths and weaknesses.
•The key is to pluck away enough information for a starting point.

A character in my mystery has an arthritic knee, limps and have been seen rubbing it. My mother suffered with the condition, same place.

A writer peeling away exact traits, qualities, stands a chance of hurting feelings or a law-suit. Therefore, characters should be the "stuff'" of a writer's creative flow.

•It holds many possible writing ideas.
•Memories of what happened to you provide an endless source for creating characters.

Begin by selecting an incident, time, from memory.

An incident from your first job is worth exploring. Or, a happy moment at a specific job lends itself to creating characters.

•The stranger that gave you an ice-cold stare can twist down paths.
•The character could be a stalker.
•A character is paid to scare someone? Who?
•A character missed a "meet-up" date.

Finally, fictional characters come from various places, and sprinkling in people you know, memory or strangers you've seen can create eye-catching fiction.

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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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February 16, 2009
Every week, The Authors Show, radio version features interviews with up and coming authors from around the world. This week The Authors Show radio features Marcella Glenn, author of  'Grave Street House'.

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