Picking traits for the characters in your novel can be difficult. Is the person argumentative and always causing a scene? Is your character reserved and likes to hide in the back of a pack? Is the person loud and dramatic? Are they optimistic and happy?
As an author, you need to consider why the character acts the way they do. Are they competitive? Have they lived in the shadow of an older, more impressive brother? Are they happy because they work at the job of their dreams? Are they lonely in a new town?
Teachers at Vita Post Mortem Academy
While I was writing my latest novel, The Light of Supremazia, I had to pick famous deceased people to teach at Vita Post Mortem Academy as spirits. The characters had to stand out on their own, but also make sense as part of the school’s faculty.
Who would you pick as an art teacher?
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Who would you want as your art teacher? Author @alanasiegel has a view on #character traits in #fiction (Click to tweet)
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