Character and conflict
- How important is change to characterisation?
- Do all characters need to change in stories?
- What does Novakovich say about character flaws?
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.
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Types of character
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
TALKING MORE THAN TYPESCHALLENGING EXPECTATIONCONSIDERING CHARACTERS
Sources of character
Exploring various sources for new fictional characters – where do they come from and how are they developed?
FINDING AND DEVELOPING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
FOUR WAYS TO CREATE CHARACTERS
INTRODUCING AND MEETING CHARACTERS
READ THE FEEDBACK
REFLECT ON FEEDBACK