Creating Characters (Paperback)

A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life

By Howard Lauther

McFarland & Company, 9780786420315, 250pp.

Publication Date: May 14, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (8/1/1998)

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A frequent problem area for fiction writers is characterization. If writers jump headlong into a story with only a fuzzy notion about the people who are in it, the result is a collection of characters who are clich d, stereotypical and not very interesting. Creating Characters is an easy to use reference work that looks at character development from many different angles. The book does not tell writers how to write. Instead, it generates a thought process by asking crucial questions about characters' internal and external traits, wants, needs, likes, dislikes, fears, beliefs, strengths, weaknesses, habits and backgrounds. Following these questions, the writer will find an ever deeper and wider array of options. Thus, Creating Characters helps writers delve as deeply into a character's psychology as they want. All characters, and the stories they people, can be made richer and more compelling.

About the Author

Author Howard Lauther of Cincinnati, Ohio, accumulated the notes and insights for this project over many years of writing.