Welcome to video four of The Perfect Story. This is the first craft video outside of story structure. I think learning how to create good characters is one of the best skills you can have as a writer. Sure, the plot is what carries the reader through the story but you can fuck up a lot of things in a book and still have a hit if you write amazing characters. So I hope you some insight in this video that helps you come up with your own method of characterization.
I don’t have any books to recommend that I found helpful in creating great characters. I only use the method described in the video. But for sure, if this is not your way, go look around and try some books on characterization. In my opinion they are filled with a lot of bullshit words that have no significant meaning for me and make the whole thing more confusing than it needs to be. I like to simplify things and that’s what I give you here.
If you’re just coming in on this series and haven’t yet seen the previous videos they are linked below.
Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
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