Archive for November 12th, 2009
On #kidlitchat last night, there was great conversations about attributes that make a character a memorable character and what techniques writers use to flesh out their characters. Be sure to check out the transcripts if you missed the chat at http://thehappyaccident.org Co-hosts Bonnie Adamson and Greg Pincus always post them.
For those authors that create Mid-grade and Young Adult novels answers like giving a character depth, giving them a flaw, and making them seem realistic made sense. Someone suggested using a character sketch to list everything about a character before putting the words to paper/computer.
Mind you, I really enjoyed the fast and furious chat with so many wonderful comments and suggestions.
As I listened and learned, I found myself wondering what about picture book writers. With word counts under a thousand and even lower in most cases, how do those writers make their characters come to life.? I would love feedback on this from other picture book writers on this topic.
I posted a request for imput by other pb writers to this question. This is where comments can be left.
*Disclaimer: Stories based on the exact set of words, names and attached graphics are already in the works.
“Stand still,” ordered Isabella, raising her net above her shoulder. “Don’t move a muscle. There’s a snake loose in here. ”
Gasps filled the room. All at once everyone jumped up and ran from the room. All except one little child.
“Aren’t you scared?” asked Isabella.
“Nope,” replied the girl. “I like snakes.