Friday, September 24, 2010

The Great Blogging Experiment: Writing Compelling Characters

This event was just too tempting to resist. So, my strategy for writing compelling characters goes like this: Go All In. Go to the depths of your characters, seek out what they are hiding from you, the truths that excite their senses, the things they wish they had enough dare to achieve. My characters always surprise me with the simple moments, the ones where their cores are laid bare, and it is in those moments where they compel the heck out of me; that’s where the chance lives for them to connect with others.

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Quote for the Day from Maria Robinson

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”

36 comments:

Jen said...

Yay for joining in the awesome blogging experiment! We're glad to have you! Short and sweet, still nailing all the points!!!

Learn your character and you've got it!

Margo Berendsen said...

"seek what they are hiding from you" - great advice. And I love that quote!

Shallee said...

I like the simplicity of this-- go all in. That really says it all right there! Thanks for sharing.

C. N. Nevets said...

"Go all in."

Short and punchy. I like it!

melissa said...

Interesting idea. When you Go All In you find out what your character is really made of.

Great post.

Heather said...

Absolutely agree! And I love that you said something so powerful and your post was so short. (Unlike mine which was long and rambly.)

Elana Johnson said...

Oh, that's going on my wall of awesome. GO ALL IN. Love it.

Jaime Theler said...

I love it! Thanks!

Tamika: said...

Powerful words: Go all in! That's all I needed to hear:)

Jemi Fraser said...

Great advice!

You always have the best quotes! I'm putting that one up on my classroom board tomorrow! :)

paulgreci said...

Go all in--I love that!! I love it because it's true--you have to go deep. Thanks!

Melissa said...

Powerful!

Go all in.

Wow. Simple, yet poignant.

L'Aussie said...

I love your apparently simple advice. But you have challenged me to look deeper into my characters. Thank you..:)

Jessica Carmen Bell said...

I love the simple moments in my characters' lives. Those are truly what makes them come alive for me. All I want to see is how thye stick their tongue out when they are pouring milk in their cereal, or something like that, and it draws me in because they're human. Great point! :o) I'm now following you too!

Mary Campbell said...

I love the "go all in" - it says so much and it's passionate - we need to be passionate about our characters and I think that will come out in the writing. Also I love the quote at the end. We can't change the beginning, but the ending is ours to choose.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Go all out - I'll remember that!

Mara Nash said...

Love that quote! "start today and make a new ending..."

Michelle McLean said...

Excellent strategy :) and love the quote!

Laura Pauling said...

I think we all agree on this key point - go all in in every area!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Nice post...all in what a great way to put it! :)

Rachael Harrie said...

Love the point about laying their cores bare so they can compel you. Great post :)

Quinn said...

Thanks for stopping by and following my blog. I'm still trying to get through all the entries in the Great Blogging Experiment ... there are so many.

Anyway, I completely agree about going all in. You can't just skim the surface; you need to be invested in your characters and no everything there is to know about them.

The Golden Eagle said...

Exactly. To write about a character in depth and to really understand them, you have to dig in deep!

DL Hammons said...

Laying those cores bare is what its all about...but such a difficult chore because in a way you are exposing yourself as well!

Great post. :)

Elena Solodow said...

Go All In really summarizes things perfectly. I like it.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Such simple, but fabulous advice. Well said, Julie!

Bish Denham said...

Nice and simple! I like it.

Danyelle said...

So true! If you find the character's truths, you find the character. :) I love that they surprise us!

ali said...

I love that, going to the depths of your character. GREAT way of putting it.

Tara said...

"Go all in."

Some of the greatest writing advice ever :)

Karen Lange said...

This is wonderful! Loved this blogfest, and it's so nice to meet you. Thanks for coming by my blog and following.
Have a great week,
Karen

foldingfields said...

Love this. Absolutely the most important thing with characterization and sometimes the hardest thing for me to do. "those simple moments where the character is laid bare." Go all in!

arlee bird said...

I agree with you about this point. Even if everything isn't overtly revealed in the telling of the story, the author can draw upon the deep details to help with motivation, personality, and just feel comfortable and confident about the character.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Solvang Sherrie said...

Perfect! And I just became your 100th follower :)

Nicole Zoltack said...

Go all in. Short, sweet, simple, to the point. Excellent suggestion.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Another person who loves "Go all in!"