The reader should also read "Legal Protection for Games" on my site. Characters can form the basis for motion pictures, television productions, video games, web sites, merchandising rights and other such forms of exploitation that can make the income received from the ownership of rights in characters dwarf the income from the text in which the characters appear.
However, there are some tools every writer needs to make their story professional and effective. Character In many ways, characters are the foundation for the entire work. Have you chosen a point of view? Your characters are the people through whom your reader experiences the tale, and the trick is to make those fictional characters feel completely real.
Your character should not be the same at the end of the story as in the beginning. If your characters are flat, your readers will have trouble empathizing. But if your characters feel real and relatable, then your readers will eat your story up.
Understanding what your characters do and say and how other characters respond to them helps to paint the fullest possible picture of your fictional creation.
The Second Element of Fiction: Plot One small aside: Your characters live inside your plot, but your plot revolves around your characters. I just put plot second in this list because when I write, my plot follows my characters, rather than the other way around.
Plot is like blueprints. Your plot, its connections, and its structure determine the way you shape your story. It includes the order in which your characters face things.
Exposition or introduction, which establishes characters and setting. Rising action, which reveals the conflict. Now comes the climax, also known as the turning point.
This should be the greatest moment of tension in your story; everything is critical, with emotion and interest peaked. This is make-or-break, the moment when things matter the most. After that comes falling action, when things start to wind down. All that tension is actively being resolved.
Finally, we have resolution. It means everything has been solved, and your conclusion arrives at the place where all the events of the plot have strongly led. It feels final, or at least, final enough that the reader can put the book down without flipping back through the pages to see if they missed something.
It does require a satisfying one, even if you mean to continue in a sequel. Before we move on, I want to circle back and remind you that you need conflict in your story. A lot of authors struggle with this since conflict is by nature deeply uncomfortable.Glossary A Page A revised page that extends beyond the original page, going onto a second page.
(i.e. Page 1, 1A, 2, 3, 3A) Abbreviations shortcuts used . I must now put my foot in my mouth. Once upon a time, I rather publicly said a big fat “NO” to the idea of personality-typing, particularly when it came to using Myers-Briggs for characters.
Scarlett Johansson won a defamation suit against a French writer for creating a promiscuous character who happened to look like the movie star. Just use your pet’s name as the fictional character’s first name and your street’s name as your character’s last name.
Mine would be Butch Fields and yes, he comes from the rough part of . Writing short stories means beginning as close to the climax as possible — everything else is a distraction. A novel can take a more meandering path, but should still start with a scene that sets the tone for the whole book.
A short story conserves characters and scenes, typically by focusing on. 40 thoughts on “ The 7 Rules of Picking Names for Fictional Characters ” Books for Older Teenagers October 20, at am. Hi Brian, First off let me say congratulations on writing a great post! We all know how important names are in writing .