Why the fuss about characters in fiction? Post at Writers & Artists

w&a4Just why are characters the cornerstone of fiction? I’m discussing this – and tips for creating irresistible story people – in the fourth of my pieces for the Writers & Artists website.

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  1. #1 by Terri Kaiser on July 2, 2013 - 10:31 am

    Because empathy for the characters is what carries the reader along through the twists and turns of plot. Characters provide that emotional basis upon which all else can flouish. Good characters can save a bad plot. Can a good plot survive without good characters? Not easily.

    • #2 by rozmorris @NailYourNovel @ByRozMorris on July 2, 2013 - 3:50 pm

      Oh yes, and one of the things I discuss is how we actually need to reach out to the reader to involve them with the characters. This is distinct from the ways we get them interested in the plot. But of course, if you have great characters, thrown together in interesting ways, they generate plot too.

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