If you want to write well then you need to know/understand your characters, there is no better way to ensure this than to write from within yourself, using your own experiences. This article perfectly explains why characters written in this manner will be more believable and sit in more depth than ones that aren’t. I’m having so much fun free writing about characters and experimenting with the trials and tribulations I think they have been through. This really highlights that for me
The gap between what the characters wants and their needs are where the most interesting aspects of your characters will reveal themselves. And both want and need are created in really knowing your characters as if they were you.
How you gonna do that if your characters aren’t in your likeness or the likeness of those you have met/know even just a little bit? That and limitless imagination is in my mind the best combination for a genuine character :D
Read the whole article HERE at writersworkshop.co.uk and feel free to share your own experiences with character building below!
Skies Over A Shanty Town
This thread turned into something more than I ever thought it could be. I ran with it and have enjoyed writing each instalment. I would encourage anybody who feels like they need an audience or just practice in their writing to start a short story and see where it leads. It’s a great way to grow your ideas and materialise your potential. Have fun with it and let your creative currents flow.
By starting a short story you will:
Learn your calling
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” – Fabienne Fredrickson. You will suss these out along the way. Character traits, places, names, anything and everything. When you write freely, you will usually write what you care the most about. This is essential to know, if you want to write with purpose.
Identify your audience
You will start to identify your target market, or typical audience. You won’t get as many readers for short stories compared to poetry (if like me you started off publicly this way) by nature it is time consuming, but you will gain loyal ones. People that know and understand you, and your characters. Once they have invested in a story, they will want to know what happens next, they will want to support you. This also allows you to respond to their needs as a reader. From their responses get an idea of what makes them tick, the ways you make them feel what you want them to feel. With the words that you use and the way that you use them. Learn them how you would a best friend, or a partner so you can satisfy them.
Grow your style
Experiment with words, experiment with people and places but maintain your style. Each writer has one. Keep your personality and voice and let that be your constant. If you don’t know yours, try to identify it through your story. Once you have, be comfortable with yours. You can’t be everything to everyone, so develop your voice to the best of your ability and your story will do the rest for you :D
“Superrb blog! Do you have any tips and hihts for aspiring writers?
I’m hopinng to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
Would you propose starting with a free platform like WordPress or
go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m completely confysed
.. Any recommendations? Cheers!”
Hey! I hope you don’t mind me publicly replying to this (maybe there are others that feel the same). Firstly thank you for reading and for showing love! I hope I can answer you adequately enough.
When I started the blog, it was because I needed other people to see my work, respond to it, I was craving that writer – reader interaction that helps you assess how other people respond to/view your words. It was also an outlet, a distraction (at that time) but the best kind.
I had been thinking about ways in which I could reach out to people, and connect to other writers, i.e writing forums, but I decided that I wanted something that was just mine. I initially chose WordPress because I knew someone that had used it, I didn’t know how to do anything at first, so I started off with a free platform (Perfect for students). I didn’t think about buying my current one, and transferring to a paid site until I was more experienced with how to host a website. Do whatever is best for you and what you are comfortable with – there is so much help out there about how to get started, and sites like WordPress will help you along the way because they are tailored to beginners. You will learn as you go along!
Also, you’re not an ‘Aspiring Writer’ – you are a Writer! Be honest with yourself, about yourself, your emotions and experiences and don’t be afraid to put that into whatever you choose to create. There is a reader for everything and sharing your work will only help you to improve, not only in skill but in confidence! Connect with other writers and readers and ask for criticism, feedback but learn to enjoy the process too.
If you ever need a second opinion but don’t want to publish just yet, feel free to ask me to read it – firstname.lastname@example.org.