Compelling characters are the essence of all great
fiction. And all great writers know the simple truth -- to write compelling
characters is to write about compelling people. The more you know about what
motivates people, right and wrong, the more complete, the more powerful, the
more real your characters will become. Writer, editor, journalist, and
creative writing developer Scott Morgan explains how to build real,
compelling fiction characters from the skeleton out.
Scott Morgan is an award-winning reporter and editor,
entrepreneur, bestselling author, professional speaker and teacher. He also
is the president of WriteHook, an editing and writing development company
for fiction and creative nonfiction writers.
1. Learn to recognize the earmarks of well-rounded
2. Develop an understanding of how characteristics of
characters affect plot.
3. Understand the characteristics of heroes,
villains, and ancillary characters.
4. Apply character traits toward
reactions to situations and plot elements.