Cardboard Characters

by Anne
(California)

I know that I hate nothing more than a character with no past, present or future. Even when I invent my own characters, I can't stand it if they're dead and boring. I give them an interview, and normally end up happy. Ask yourself things like: what is their fear? What is their family like? Are they pressured into doing things they don't want to do? How easily do they laugh? I find when I interview my characters like this, I understand them better. Here's an example with one of my characters.
Name: Rivendale Cloude
Age: 16
Appearance: long, dark black braid that hangs loosely down her back. She has seaweed green eyes and pale skin. She had high cheekbones and naturally thin, pink lips. She has a willowy form.
Personality: she is rather kind. She isn't afraid to voice her opinion or get into trouble. She is willing to stand up to anyone if they threaten her, her family or what she believes in. She give in easily an is very hard to touch. she isn't phased by even a broken bone.
Background: she was a princess, stolen by the Treefolk when she was 5. She had the royalty thrust out of her, and she doesn't have an inch of royalty left in her. She cares more about others than herself.
Ask various other questions, and you have a character that is well plotted out and actually has a life.

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Feb 01, 2020
Well done
by: Audrey

What an unusual addition! Good use of metaphor! Well done! Thank you.

I seldom use exclamation marks, but since all three of those comments are exclamations, I was forced out of reticence. That's another congratulations to you.

Audey

Feb 01, 2020
Corrugated Characters
by: David R. Dowdy

I love your tips and am truly thankful for them!

Ever notice how most people can't tell the difference between cardboard and corrugated? To them, every type of paper thicker than typing paper (now, that's something from the past!) is cardboard. Corrugated has strength and depth. When you think of the fiber, skin, and skeleton inherent in corrugated (which is actually cardboard with a past), why wouldn't you prefer it over something so flat and one-dimensional? In other words, make your characters out of corrugated and they will stand out.

Best,

Dave

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