Tuesday, September 15, 2015

J. Scott Savage on Characters



This morning while going through my bag, I found a 3X5 card with red writing on it. As I looked closer, I noticed it had the notes I'd taken from an author visit from J. Scott Savage. So that's where they went. Booyah!

He taught about characters and I'm going to pass that information on to you today. If you haven't heard him speak, you should. He's awesome.  In fact, you should go to his launch party on Oct. 1st. It's going to be awesome! Click here to join the fun.

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And now, J. Scott Savage speaks:

1. The more people care about your characters, the emotion they will invest in the story.

2. The character needs to change over the course of the story.

3. You should know the following things about your characters:

a. How the character talks-what words or phrases does he/she use often? This can add interest to your character.

b. What is the history of your character? Where does he come from and what has his relationships looked like?

c. What does he look like?

d.What are your character's passions or goals? This gives you their motivations.

e. What are your character's defects?- what are his/her personality flaws? What makes him or her human?

f. What are her thoughts like?

g. Is she relatable? Is he like you and me?

h. What are her restrictions? Physical and mental? Does your character has asthma? Is he missing a leg? Does she suffer from depression?

Which of these tips would you consider the most important?

1 comment:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Great advice. I love Jeff. Not only is he really smart and an interesting instructor, he's a wonderful person.