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Don’t ever feel that you will be able to disseminate exactly what it feels like to be someone else. We all have trouble just trying to be ourselves. However, with your character, you will have to step back and let what is truth come forward. Then you can create situations, plots, and reactions.
Every group of human beings have their particular quirks, beliefs, and moral systems. Try not to place one group’s issues and relate them through your own eyes.
Every great literary masterpiece gave credibility to their characters through writing
about them as they are. Write about their individuality, their values, and their history. Give them opportunity to voice their contradictions and their acknowledgements. Let them be themselves and you will be on your way to a masterpiece that entire world will cherish.
Trace historical aspects for your character and take into account evolving changes to his/her particular heritage. Check items such as foods, livelihoods, and statistics. Once you have a volume of information, you will have grounds for a great novel or article. As writers, we are so tempted to always give our opinions, our views. You are creating this character and your story’s success will be on who he/she is. Readers will agree or disagree with your character but they will learn to respect and value his/her reactions, and choices. They will, in turn, take into account circumstances that brought your character to this particular point in life. The most enduring characters are those that are real, life-like, and not clones of writer. Give your characters room to breathe, and be themselves.
I believe God does not need help in creating people. He gives writers fertile ground of diversity and ability to relate to readers. Give your readers reliability, authenticity, and an opportunity to decide for themselves, and you are on your way to successful writing.
©Arleen M. Kaptur
Author of numerous articles, e-cookbooks,on-line workshops. Novel: SEARCHING FOR AUSTIN JAMES Website: http://www.rusticliving.info http://www.webspawner.com/users/rusticliving.index.html