WEEK 5: CREATING CONVINCING CHARACTERS

Character and conflict

‘Character is plot, plot is character’ – you will now consider how welding conflict to your characters will help you to develop a great plot.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction/5/todo/3458

  • How important is change to characterisation?
  • Do all characters need to change in stories?
  • What does Novakovich say about character flaws?

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Character and plot

The dictum that ‘character is plot, plot is character’, attributed, by Novakovich, to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a familiar one, similar to Shakespeare’s ‘Character is destiny’ (from King Lear).

Character + conflict = plot

Apply this formula when building stories. See if it works for you.

  1. Stereotypes can be helpful when we start thinking about creating characters. Developing characters, giving them unexpected contradictions and conflicts, helps to create characters that are living people, not just caricatures.

    ROUND AND FLAT CHARACTERS
    ENRICHING STEREOTYPES
    TALKING MORE THAN TYPES
    CHALLENGING EXPECTATION
    CONSIDERING CHARACTERS
     
  2. A page with the word 'Exploring' written down.

    Sources of character

    Exploring various sources for new fictional characters – where do they come from and how are they developed?

    USING YOURSELF
    FINDING AND DEVELOPING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
    FOUR WAYS TO CREATE CHARACTERS
    CHARACTER SKETCH
    INTRODUCING AND MEETING CHARACTERS
    READ THE FEEDBACK

    REFLECTION

    REFLECT ON FEEDBACK
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