Choosing a point of view character Part 2

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Here is more great writing advice from Life, the Universe, and Everything. The theme of the presentation is choosing a point of view character part 2.

  • If you find all the great scenes are from the same person why not flip and showing someone who is not as capable of fighting.
  • Using one character to establish the personality of someone else. Like someone how is a bad ass who is scarred or someone else shows how much worse that person is.
  • Unreliable narrator/ character: you make an assumption that the character is telling the truth of what is going on. Some people, who are cocky and inflate what happened for real. Put in hints that they’re not reliable.
  • The challenge of writing villains is to not give away the villain’s secret. Need to have a realistic reason they don’t think about the secret.
  • One character/villain may not reveal because they get diverted, like “squirrel” to the dog in balloon movie.
  • A paranoid character who things someone is killing them can make them an unreliable characters.
  • How would characters look at the same scene as influenced by their past?
  • Risk basement is different by a trained military in combat and a civilian. Same thing for a medically trained person encountering a heart attack compared to the nonmedical.
  • Writing style changed by the voice of the character, military short and response. Another character may millender and rambles.
  • Two ladies at a wedding one from a first lady happy marriage the second from a recent divorce and brings the bitterness.
  • Have each of your characters describe the same couch and see how they different.
  • Dialog tags and see what is unique and they will respond by their attitude.
  • Whose point of view in the story: an opening scene or scene break. Speech patterns and behavior (even word choice) you can just label them.
  • Don’t put two characters in the first sentence. It can confuse the reader.
  • Start the paragraph with the name.
  • Audiobooks do not put in scene breaks so the book needs to have text that will show it. Listen to your book as a duo book teaches you to be a better writer as you see your mistakes or if you don’t stay in character.
  • A character with PSD

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