For my entries in the 2012 A to Z Challenge, I will be focusing on writing elements that I find important and that I want to incorporate into my work.
Today, the topic is CHARACTERIZATION.
I think all good fiction is character-driven rather than plot-driven. I love a strong plot with twists and turns and epic stakes and a surprise at the end. But if I don't care about the characters, then the story leaves me empty and uninvolved -- it's like watching a play filled with a cast of manikins.
So I want my writing to be primarily about characters, and I want them to be compelling and multi-leveled, full of quirks and interesting conflicts. I want my heroes to have flaws and I want my villains to have redeeming qualities.
I also want my supporting characters to be real and multifaceted in their own right. I'm not going to spend a great deal of time fleshing them out, but even characters who appear only briefly should be engaging.
One of my main wishes for my writing is for my readers to bond with my characters; to care about them; to feel connected and fully involved with them as the story unfolds. If that connection is made, than I know my story was successful at its most important level.
Characterization is the key component of effective story-telling.
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