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In Narrative Writing class I am learning so much about writing. Our theme this week is Characterization. I’ll be the first to admit that because I have not finished anything novella or novel length I have not spent time developing my characters. Usually in short stories, one does not spend near the amount of time on creating the characters that people writing novellas and novels do. Many times I struggle with being able to apply suggestions and critical comments to correcting and strengthening my writing. It is a daily struggle that I work on. I am looking forward to putting what I am learning into practice. An idea on how to practice and improve my characterization skills I think would be creating characters with no particular story in mind and work on developing them in all manner of ways. Have a goal in mind for the general idea of what you want. Decide someone you want to use as inspiration. My professor suggests to think of someone you know, but don’t make the character exactly like them. For example:

  1. Think about your best friend in terms of looks, habits, and personality
  2. Decide what you want to change about them
    -Do you want to change their sex?
    -Do you want to change how they look?
    -Do you want to change how they act?
    -Do you want to change their personality?
  3. Once you decide on these things then begin to create your character.

I look forward to trying this out.

Until next time.