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Donít 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 isrepparttar truth come forward. Then you can createrepparttar 129640 situations,repparttar 129641 plots, andrepparttar 129642 reactions.

Every group of human beings have their particular quirks, beliefs, and moral systems. Try not to place one groupís 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 themrepparttar 129643 opportunity to voice their contradictions and their acknowledgements. Let them be themselves and you will be on your way to a masterpiece thatrepparttar 129644 entire world will cherish.

Trace historical aspects for your character and take into accountrepparttar 129645 evolving changes to his/her particular heritage. Check items such as foods, livelihoods, and statistics. Once you have a volume of information, you will haverepparttar 129646 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 storyís 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 accountrepparttar 129647 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 ofrepparttar 129648 writer. Give your characters room to breathe, and be themselves.

I believe God does not need help in creating people. He gives writersrepparttar 129649 fertile ground of diversity andrepparttar 129650 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:


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Children are smarter than we give them credit for. They pretend and they give life to whatever they are doing at that particular moment. One sad fact is that many of todayís toys rob these little ones from their creative playing by giving an adultís version of actions, words, and story plots. Notice how quickly a child tires of pre-programmed playthings and would sometimes preferrepparttar box they came in.

As writers we donít want to be childish, only child-like. There is a world of difference in these words. Seeing things forrepparttar 129637 first time in a different light and noticing allrepparttar 129638 fine points is being child-like. A small one can study a rock or a blade of grass for hours if left to their own devices. Along comes an adult and we give them a toy that is meant to entertain but stopsrepparttar 129639 imagination process. A simple toy soldier can be placed in so many different story plots and doesnít always win. Either their sand castle collapses orrepparttar 129640 day comes to an end. However, tomorrow brings new adventures and opportunities.

Writers are professional people, this is true. As professionals we knowrepparttar 129641 value of finding ways to increase our creativity and our imagination. Pick up your toy soldier and see what todayís adventures will bring. You may be very surprised at what your own child-like images can do. Give it a try. ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 April

Arleen is the author of numerous articles, e-books and the novel SEARCHING FOR AUSTIN JAMES Websites:

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