marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Character Building

One panelist talked about the Method -- the one she uses, which is digging up some reason and backstory for how she might end up as that character.  Not the one where you have to be like it, and be hungry if your character is.

That leads to enormous research issues, on a scale that makes it hard to write.  Research is always possible, but you can be sucked into it like quicksand, and then you have to escape to actually write stuff. 

Online personas, which gets troublesome if you deceive people in the course of your practice.

Various tricks and techniques like character questionnaires and figuring out what your characters want.
Tags: arisia, backstory, characters, motivations, writing technique

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