Character Creation

Written by Jeff Heisler

Character Creation

Creating believable characters is an essential element of fiction. The story rest on your characters shoulders. If they don't hold up then your story collapses. So how do you make believable characters? First recognize that different genres of fiction have different needs. A tightly plotted action or suspense thriller may not need characters fleshed out in detail as much as a literary novel. Also be aware thatrepparttar more outlandish your plot is,repparttar 129513 more important character believability becomes. Read any Steven King book and you'll see this. The reason he can take us on these journeys through strange and unusual events is his power to create realistic characters. When we believerepparttar 129514 character, we believe what's happening to them. The process of creating characters is so varied I suspect there are as many methods as there are authors. As always, take these tips as guidelines- not law. Every writer must do what works for him or her. These ideas will hopefully serve as a springboard to get you on your way. Here's how I create my characters: Step 1- Considerrepparttar 129515 story. In generalrepparttar 129516 more my emphasis rest onrepparttar 129517 plot ofrepparttar 129518 book,repparttar 129519 more my characters need to serve that plot. Ifrepparttar 129520 story focus is more character based then my plot needs to serverepparttar 129521 character. If I need a character that will chase down a killer then I better design someone who’s able to do that. Everything from their build to their psychology must help them get torepparttar 129522 killer. Now it's important not to makerepparttar 129523 character a perfect fit. No one is perfect, that's what makes life interesting. Your characters should have flaws that make it uncomfortable for them to reach their goal. For examplerepparttar 129524 character chasingrepparttar 129525 killer might have a wife and family that worry about his safety. This creates tension- tension drives story. When constructing a more literary work thenrepparttar 129526 character should be in mind already, andrepparttar 129527 plot forms around them. For example- a coming of age story requires a young character who will experience events that will shape their life. If you don't have those elements you don't have a coming of age story- so your plot must support your character. Step 2- Get to know your character. I like to use a form that looks like an extensive dossier when I create my characters. For supporting charactersrepparttar 129528 dossier is smaller, but still quite detailed. Design one for yourself and be sure to include details about: • The character's appearance. • Their habits and mannerisms. • Their motivations. • Their past. • Howrepparttar 129529 character will change inrepparttar 129530 course ofrepparttar 129531 story. Don't makerepparttar 129532 mistake of assumingrepparttar 129533 bad guys don't need as much character detail- they do, particularly in motivation. Sure a story about a killer is suspenseful and scary, but if you have a killer who murders because he sees his abusive father in every victim, well- that's a little richer. Remember-repparttar 129534 bad guys have motivations that seem good to them. Hitler thought he was a nice guy- your bad guy should too.

The Advantage of Becoming a Recognized Name

Written by Bill Platt

If you are reading this article today, you are likely among those who are working an online business. Unfortunately, you have already learned that finding customers is not as easy as you once thought it would be. Many people have brokenrepparttar bank and their dreams searching for that first customer or second customer.

Having discoveredrepparttar 129510 challenge of finding customers has left you with a feeling of not knowing quite what to do. That is why you read ezines or visit websites like this one. You are searching forrepparttar 129511 knowledge that you feel you are lacking. You open each new issue of each ezine you subscribe to looking for repparttar 129512 help you need to find your first customer or even to increase uponrepparttar 129513 customers you have already found.

See,repparttar 129514 greatest challenge we all face is not finding people who need our products or services. Instead, our greatest challenge is actually building trust inrepparttar 129515 hearts and minds ofrepparttar 129516 people who need our products or services. This is why most people have such difficulty in findingrepparttar 129517 customers we all need.

Online marketers cannot establish trust with one single advertisement! They cannot establish trust with one impression of their banner! One might get lucky and getrepparttar 129518 click-through onrepparttar 129519 advertisement or banner, but that click-through will only generate a sale for one in two hundred visitors. Scary, isn't it?

To stop and realize thatrepparttar 129520 average onrepparttar 129521 Internet is five sales per thousand visitors can make it frightening to most beginners to online marketing. The term "beginner" in this area could apply to anyone who has been marketing online for less than 3 years. Yes, it is a steep learning curve onrepparttar 129522 web! Most people quit before they ever get torepparttar 129523 three year mark --- quitting long before they have given themselvesrepparttar 129524 chance to succeed.

Most marketing polls suggest that it will take you seven exposures before you will have earned enough trust to get a sale online or offline. What that means is that your potential customer must see your name and your ads a minimum of seven times before you can expect their interest to peak enough to give you a second look.

That is what makes advertising online so very difficult. With more than 200 million people online,repparttar 129525 chance of hittingrepparttar 129526 same person twice with your advertising is slim to none if you are advertising your waresrepparttar 129527 same as most people are.

Most people try to advertise withrepparttar 129528 scatter shot approach. They throw an ad out there hoping to hit as many people as possible and then move on torepparttar 129529 next ad or next advertising medium. With this scatter shot approach, their chance of hitting one person twice is astronomical! The chance of hitting that personrepparttar 129530 required seven times is nearly impossible.

The "Rule of Seven" is why most marketers begin their own ezine. As a publisher, it is easy to hit your seven times in repparttar 129531 trust building process. The difficulty of this method is growingrepparttar 129532 mailing list size. As a publisher, it is fairly easy to keep subscribers --- gettingrepparttar 129533 subscribers isrepparttar 129534 real difficulty.

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