Creating Character: Bringing Your Story to Life by William Bernhardt

By William Bernhardt

All fiction is character-driven, based on William Bernhardt, regardless of what you have got heard in different places. in the event that your characters don’t curiosity readers, even the main intriguing plots will fail. “Action is character,” Aristotle wrote, yet what does that suggest, and the way are you able to use that primary precept to create dynamic fiction that may captivate readers? This booklet explains the connection among personality and plot, and the way the correct melding of the 2 produces a captivating tale. utilizing examples spanning from The Odyssey to The Da Vinci Code, Bernhardt discusses the artwork of personality production in an immediate and simply comprehended demeanour. The e-book additionally contains routines designed to assist writers practice those principles to their very own writing. William Bernhardt is the writer of greater than thirty novels, together with the blockbuster Ben Kincaid sequence of felony thrillers. Bernhardt can be probably the most sought-after writing teachers within the kingdom. His courses have expert many authors now released by way of significant homes. he's the one individual to have acquired the Southern Writers Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis distinct writer Award (U Penn) and the H. Louise Cobb exotic writer Award (OSU), that's given "in acceptance of a very good physique of labor that has profoundly prompted the best way we comprehend ourselves and American society at large." The pink Sneaker Writing heart is devoted to supporting writers in attaining their literary ambitions. what's a pink sneaker author? A devoted author looking priceless guideline and assistance instead of obfuscation and angle. purple footwear get the task performed, and so do purple sneaker writers, by way of paying shut recognition to their artwork and craft, committing to exertions, and not quitting. Are you a purple sneaker author? if this is the case, this booklet is for you.

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They are all character-driven. I have written many books featuring the character Ben Kincaid, a likeable nebbish of a lawyer, driven but emotionally repressed, caring but perpetually awkward around other people (especially women). The first book in the series, Primary Justice, was a straightforward mystery novel. In later outings, I added more courtroom drama and later still more thriller elements. But every book involved some mysterious death, and every book involved Ben Kincaid figuring out who did it.

In reality, Harvard doesn’t even have a department of symbology. Eighty-one million readers didn’t care. His skills were useful, and they also give us insight into this somewhat cryptic character who has the love of puzzles and need for historical truth critical to solving this case. When I set out to write Dark Eye, I wanted the lead character, Susan Pulaski, to be everything my better-known protagonist, Ben Kincaid, wasn’t. So in terms of external details, she was female, tall, and pushy, as opposed to the male, short, and profoundly introverted Ben.

Similarly, she is socially gregarious, sexually aggressive, sharp-tongued, hard-drinking, and at times seemingly arrogant, though that’s mostly to cover deep-rooted feelings of inferiority stemming from the loss of her father and her husband. Ben, by contrast, is socially reticent, sexually inhibited, stuttering, virtually teetotalling, and at times too agreeable, though that’s mostly to cover the deep intellectual abilities under the surface and perhaps his deep-rooted insecurity stemming from his past damaged relationships… (I know, it all sounds very clinical when you spell it out like that.

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