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4. Are My Characters Believable? If you start by wondering whether your reader may believe your characters or not, you will not excel. After all, even in real life situations, there are persons who behave as if they are not of this world. Your reader may identify with one or two of your characters.
Have you read Charles Dickens? You may have noticed that his characters are larger than life –- unbelievable. There was one of his characters (I can’t remember his name now), in his book, DAVID COPPERFIELD, whose life pre-occupation was compilation of a dictionary. And there he was, struggling some where in letter “D” or so, in his old age, but still optimistic of reaching his cherished goal before final call. Do such people live on earth? Yet, Charles Dickens remains greatest novelist, who has ever lived.
5. How Should They Speak? You will have to vary speech patterns of your characters. From royal and dignified speech of a king, to learned and pedantic discourse of scientists; from lowly and untrained language of a court servant, to meaningless quibbling of a child.
In short, speeches should reflect various social, cultural, and educational backgrounds of your characters.
1.What Are My Characters’ Motives? There should be a motive for actions of your characters. Or is it not so in life? For example, why do people love, or hate one another? Why do some kill, while others like charity? Why do people work? Or why do they have ambition? Or, to bring chickens to roost –- why do you want to write a best – seller?
If your reader doesn’t find satisfactory motives behind actions of your characters, then you have not communicated.
7. Do my Characters Contribute to Development of my Story? This is a good question. In story writing, you may decide to be he story-teller. Or, you may leave that task to one, or several of your characters. What your characters say, therefore, should have bearing to subject matter, and outworking of your story. Put differently, they should do work you want them to do.
Do you want them to fight over something, or to love or kill themselves? Which character is doing what, and which characters are in know, or are ignorant of those actions?
In doing so, you are using your characters to inform your reader. And if you do it well, you would have succeeded in pulling out a good story.
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ARTHUR ZULU, The Most Controversial Writer in the World, is the author of the best – selling book, HOW TO WRITE A BEST-SELLER.