Creating Characters for Fiction

——   Created by Harry Dewulf

How to create characters for your novel that are unique, real and necessary

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"Kitless Character Creation" - conceive and develop characters without kits, tricks or gimmicks.

If you're writing a novel you already know that a novel needs characters.

  • But where do characters come from?
  • How do you invent characters that are compelling, convincing and realistic?
  • What sort of characters does your story need?

This is a set of tools and techniques wrapped around one big idea: 

Characters are created at the same time as the story.

Once you've grasped the relationship between characters and story, and how they interact during the creative process, you will find it much easier to create and manage your characters, to recognize their purpose and role in the story, and you'll see much more easily how your characters affect your readers.

In this course, you will learn how to use this relationship, and how it relates to all the common features of creating and developing characters:

  • introducing new characters
  • describing what characters look like
  • describing what characters think and feel
  • how the reader should get to know your characters
  • the effect of narrative voice and point of view on characters

17 Lessons

0:08:14
Introduction
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0:03:56
Lesson zero: Outline
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0:07:32
Lesson one: Someone from Nothing
0:00:41
Lesson one: Assignment
0:14:03
Lesson two: Butchery
0:00:51
Lesson two: Assignment
0:11:51
Lesson three: Outer Life
0:01:08
Lesson three: Assignment
0:08:55
Lesson four: Inner Life (part one)
0:04:42
Lesson four: Inner Life (part two)
0:01:30
Lesson four: assignment
0:08:14
Lesson five: Knowing the Character
0:00:42
Lesson five: Assignment
0:09:58
Lesson six: Point of View
0:01:06
Lesson six: Assignment
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About the instructor

I've spent the last 10 years working with authors to get their books ready for publication, and then getting them published in the new e-book/e-reader/print-on-demand market. Some of my authors have gone on to get publishing contracts, and others are both traditionally and self published, including multi-award-winner Kary English. My regular …

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