Monday, April 4, 2011
Outlines and character sketches are good tools to use in shaping your main characters, but don't just stop there. Give them history, aspirations, and motivation. The reader doesn't have to know every detail--only what's important to the story. You should know your characters like you know those who are closest to you. At the same time you should allow characters to make interesting choices and do unexpected things.
When Pinocchio was just a puppet he was lifeless and wooden. When he became a real boy he became interesting. Now, there was a story to tell. Perhaps it's time to cut the strings from your characters and let them surprise you as they take on a life of their own.