Title: HOW DO I CHARACTERIZE MY STORY? Author: Arthur Zulu Contact Author: mailto: email@example.com Copyright: Copyright © Arthur Zulu 2002 Word Count: 716 Web Address: http://www.1stbooks.com/bookview/10975
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HOW DO I CHARACTERIZE MY STORY? By Arthur Zulu
If art is a reflection of life, then there should be people in your story. Because in life, people make history. Either for good, or for bad.
It is just as easy to create characters in a story. Now, look around you. Are there not people whose attitude interests or puzzles you? Or do you remember reading of one strange character in a storybook?
So, using your sources you may have developed some characters for your best seller.
Now, in characterization (for that is name they call it), there are two types: real characters and stereotypes. And these characters may either be good or bad as in real life situation. Some are going to play principal roles, while others will play minor roles, also as in true-life situation. Again, they may be of different backgrounds and nationalities.
The following questions will help you to make effective characterization.
1.Who Should Be a Character? That depends on nature of your story. Anything could be a character. In Bible, a snake and a donkey spoke (Do they still talk?) And trees were characters in a mock drama. (Someone says they still do speak to those who understand them.) Even Devil himself had a conference with God. (I donít think they are still in speaking terms).
So, your characters may be humans (DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens), witches (MACBETH by William Shakespeare), animals (ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell), or Devil (SATANIC VICARS by Arthur Zulu.) You may even wish to make yourself a character in a fiction as some writers have done. Such ones are often heroes, or heroines Ė- they play most important part, and they never die. I am thinking of Thor, in KONTIKI EXPEDITION by Thor Hayerdall.
2.How Should They Be Named? First, their names should not be two long and foreign that your reader finds them difficult to remember. Abbreviated names, as in Shakespearean works, also cause problems.
Second, use revealing titles like Dr. and Prof., King and Queen, to help your reader grasp them easily. Historical names are beyond compare in this regard. Like Adolph Hitler. Or Winston Churchill. Your reader may have known about them, thus making understanding easy.
Third. The names of your characters may be used to provide clues to your reader. Like Christian and Morality in THE PILGRIMSí PROGRESS by John Bunyan.
3. How Many Should They Be? Not too many, if you donít want to confuse your reader. The principal characters should stand clear from minor characters. I have read a play of two characters.