Creative Writing: Strategies for Character Introduction

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http://creativewritingtutorials.blogs... Look at the way we get to know people in real life as a guide for working out the timing of how we introduce characters in fiction. Show notes: Character introduction. Having to do with a larger topic, why do we try to imitate real life in fiction? As a storyteller what you want to do in a sense is put them under your spell. You want them to forget they are reading or watching your film and for them to be in the story. The best way to do this is by imitating real life. One of the difficulties is depicting characters. How do you get to know people in real life? When you meet someone in real life, chances are, they don't give you a resume. The first impression is as important in fiction as it is in real life. After that with surprises we will adjust our estimation of who the individual is. We don't stick with the first few things that we learn about them but we do attempt to create a complete picture of who they are by by those first few impressions. It's like the game Battleship. It's a game of finding out what is going on with the character all the time. Your not dropping hints out-right but discreetly, you are. It would be worth while to think about the people in your life and what you thought of them when you first met them and they ways they have turned out to not be at all like your first impressions. Start with some of the basic visible indicators. Race, body shape, features, accent, dress, posture. Not just location accent but class accent, are they working class or academic? Read Pygmalion to see how people are judged by how they speak. Think about what is possible to be noticed as if in real life. Think about the kind of information you receive from people and how you push for a full understanding of the person. The character himself does not undergo a change but our understanding of that person changes, as revealed over time. Character that turn out not to be exactly what they first seemed will make your characters seem much more real. Creative writing/ storytelling tutorial for the multimedia age. The writing strategies offered in these tutorials can also be applied to podcasting, film work, storyboarding, cartooning, etc. but they are still very much about writing. Writing is an important skill for most kinds of multimedia artists. These tutorials are offered for free to help promote my own story telling so please take a moment to see one of my videos at Thanks and I hope your writing goes well! See all my figure drawing tutorials here: See all my hand drawn letters tutorials here: See my storyboard tutorials here: See my animation and film tutorials here: Enjoy!

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