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Dynamic characters : how to create personalities that keep readers captivated
Kress, Nancy.
Adult Nonfiction PN3383.C4 K74 1998

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Introduction: Who Are These People, and Who Needs Them?p. 1
Part 1 - Creating Strong and Believable Characters: The Externalsp. 7
Chapter 1 - Beauty and/or the Beast: Choosing Descriptive Detailsp. 8
Chapter 2 - What's in a Name? Using Monikers to Convey Characterp. 19
Chapter 3 - Zip Code, Please: The Role of Setting in Creating Characterp. 24
Chapter 4 - What Did You Say You Do? Using the World of Work to Enhance Characterizationp. 35
Chapter 5 - Say What? Characterizing Through Dialoguep. 45
Chapter 6 - The Artful Deception: Making Dialogue Read Naturally (Even Though It's Not Natural)p. 54
Chapter 7 - When Less is More: Pruning Character Descriptors to a Manageable Numberp. 66
Chapter 8 - Don't I Know You? Basing Characters on Real Peoplep. 74
Part 2 - Creating Strong and Believable Characters: The Internalsp. 82
Chapter 9 - She's Got an Attitude: Using Personal Thoughts to Characterizep. 83
Chapter 10 - Lost in Thought: Making Clear What, When and How Your Character Is Thinkingp. 90
Chapter 11 - The Pygmalion Trap: How to Not Let Your Assumptions Torpedo Characterizationp. 99
Chapter 12 - Airy Dreams and Solid News: How to Use Dreams and Newscasts to Enhance Characterizationp. 107
Chapter 13 - The Bad Guys: How to Make Your Villains As Readable As Your Heroesp. 122
Chapter 14 - Do I Want to Know You? How to Create an Unsympathetic Protagonist Without Driving Your Readers Awayp. 132
Chapter 15 - The Intelligence Dossier: A Wrap-Up System for Investigating Your Characterp. 139
Part 3 - Character and Plotp. 157
Chapter 16 - The Yellow Brick Road: How to Start Anywhere and Arrive at Plotp. 158
Chapter 17 - Fight! Fight! Fight! When Conflict Leads to Violencep. 168
Chapter 18 - Whose Story Is It, Anyway? How Point of View Begins With Character and Leads to Plotp. 175
Chapter 19 - Also Featuring ... Secondary Characters and Plot Constructionp. 182
Chapter 20 - The Characters, They Are A-Changing: How to Make Character Change a Strong Element of Plotp. 197
Chapter 21 - Seeing Is Believing: A Concrete Example of How Character, Change and Plot Intertwinep. 205
Chapter 22 - "... But It Really Happened!" Basing Plots on Real-Life Eventsp. 219
Chapter 23 - Archetypal Attractions: Using Rich Old Plots in Rich New Waysp. 225
Chapter 24 - I See a Pattern Emerging: The Connections Among Characters, Plot and Themep. 247
Chapter 25 - The Characters and the Writerp. 254
Indexp. 263

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