Tips for Writing a Fiction Book (Part Two)

The last Individual Project Topic was part one of “Tips for Writing a Fiction Book” in which I discussed a strategy for outlining your novel in order to make it easier to flesh out an entire story. This week I will illustrate how to develop your characters with the purpose of keeping readers intrigued with your cast (and will try not to regurgitate what’s already floating out on the Web).

Establish the Setting

I feel that when cultivating believable characters for a novel, it’s best to have your entire setting determined so that the character fits within the story’s framework. By starting character development with the setting (i.e., time period, country/land, lifestyle, etc.), you are better able to create the characters’ experiences, interests, and other attributes that will make them believable.

Interaction: Not Like You

It’s important to not put your voice (or your personality traits) into characters, as they will all come off as uninteresting…think Cruise in Valkyrie.

Your novel’s characters need to respond to situations and have conversations that coincide with their constructed nature. So, you don’t curse when you talk in everyday situations, but maybe the Queens, New York gang member from your novel would curse in a #%&* minute!

Concluding with Part Three

The next time the Individual Project Topic rolls around, I’ll conclude the fiction book mini-series posts with how to modify your main storyline to comprise a well-rounded plot.

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