A NEW DIMENSION
After looking back at some of my writing, I noticed that my characters were flat, and not because they’re typed words on a screen. No, they have no depth, no dimension.
As I start the new year of writing, I will create what I will call character interviews. In Gail Carson Levine’s book, WRITING MAGIC, she suggests making a character questionnaire.
Make a list of questions and fill in the answers such as: name or nickname, what type of being (human, alien etc…), age, sex, physical appearance and characteristics, family members and friends, pets, hobbies?
Then ask deeper questions like: What are my character’s talents and abilities? What are their faults, fears and good qualities?
If you have flat characters, try interviewing your character and give them a new dimension!
Rory C. Keel