How do you make characters come alive? Find the KEY ways to bring out character. What is the person’s KEY physical characteristic? KEY psychological characteristic? The reader does not want tons of background material about your character. Listen to writers talking about character:
“My characters exasperate me. ” Anita Brookner
“You can’t blame a writer for what the characters say.” Truman Capote.
“I don’t say he’s a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must be finally paid to such a person.” Arthur Miller 1915- Death of a Salesman , act I