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13 Aug 2017

A case for subverted characterization

  There are five predominant means to express characterization: How a character physically appears What a character says What a character does How other characters react to them What a character thinks Now, while nailing down all five of these methods can, and often will, present a character in perfect clarity I’d hardly call it engaging writing. We don’t want to know everything about a character, right? We want some discussion and perhaps even argument. Leaning on three or perhaps even two of the above characterization methods can force the audience into action, filling in the spaces the author leaves Read More