Letting The Reader Discover Your Character

This is vital, and must be implemented. Read carefully. You don’t want to randomly stop the story to explain your character. You want to slowly and progressively explain the character through dialogue and action. Remember, action is what the character does, now, not what the character did, or is going to do.

So how do you show your character to the reader? Description, flashback, interior emotion, action, and dialogue. Action and dialogue are the easiest to use, so rely on them if you’re still a beginner. 

Action: Remember, the characters can show action through body language. It might hint if he’s happy, sad, bored, annoyed, angry, and many more. This is important, and you should try your best to show this in the story. 

Example: Bob yawned. Bob cracked his neck and turned to look behind him. Bob gritted his teeth. Bob jumped up and down. Bob tried hard to choke back the tears. 

These are just a few examples. Which emotions would you link with the above examples?

Dialogue: You can find out more then enough about the characters by how he or she acts. You can tell by the way he pronounces words, (do not attempt trying to give them an accent unless you are experienced. If you don’t know you’re doing, you can easily annoy the reader and make the dialogue sound choppy and ridiculous) and what words the character uses. 

The reason I only gave ‘Action’ and ‘Dialogue’ examples are because they are the most important; as well as they are the easiest to use. On this blog I will be writing and explaining like you are all beginners. 

 

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