Character is everything
We build character in kids from a young age, because real-life character is everything.
What about fiction?
The way I see it, fiction contains three elements that divide into many other, but three main components:
In my book — literal and figurative — character is number one.
Sure, there are great plot-driven novels with little character development. Their success isn’t due to lack of character growth but excellent plot that is engrossing from the jump. The Maze Runner, a YA dystopian, is an example. Very plot-driven.
But back to my number one: character-driven fiction.
It’s advertised as a literary-fiction element. But, oh, how I disagree. Character-driven writing works superbly for genre fiction. Take Gone Girl, for one. Relationship drives the plot, sure, but the gradual revelation of characters, that’s what makes the story.
My kind of gig — stories with characters that become complicated people. Where personal evolution and character decisions shape the plot. Where writers develop the heck out of characters traits and together with plot cook up and serve magnificent stories.
And since you’re dying to know my A-Z Theme, here it is:
FICTIONAL CHARACTER TRAITS
No lectures, no writing advice. I’m sure there is enough of that coming at you fast. Just an accumulation of references, if you will. All in one place, right here.
No long articles. It’s my third or fourth A-Z Challenge. I’m familiar with the craziness about to ensue. There will be images, brief descriptions and examples. That’s it.
So, come talk character. Add your favorite trait(s), name your fave characters, or simply talk fiction. Or life. Or whatever.
Okay? Awesome. Onward to the April A-Z, dear blogging friend!