Elana Johnson, Jen Daiker and Alex Cavanaugh are hosting The Blogging Experiment: Writing Compelling Characters. Me, and a couple of hundred others are taking part - YEAH!!
WRITING COMPELLING CHARACTERS:
If there are no more than seven separate storylines:
1 - [wo]man vs. nature
2 - [wo]man vs. man
3 - [wo]man vs. the environment
4 - [wo]man vs. machines/technology
5 - [wo]man vs. the supernatural
6 - [wo]man vs. self
7 - [wo]man vs. god/religion
why do I need enough room on my shelf for more than fourteen books. Why would I even need to make space for fourteen, rather than seven books? I guess because, unlike our perceptions of teen boys, I can read the --- other gender ;)
Characterisation is the reason why people can read over 100 books in one genre.
The characters, with their unique traits, their strengths and weaknesses, take the basic storylines to the most amazing places.
I have held books in my hands and refused to stop turning the pages long enough to dry the drips falling from the end of my chin. Laughed, so hard my sides have ached. And learned more about the need to check the windows before going to bed from novels, than I ever did from any health and safety lecture.
THE LADYBIRD BOOK PICTURED ABOVE IS THE REASON WHY I WRITE PARANORMAL ROMANCE. MY PIVOTAL MOMENT, AGED SEVEN.
Characters are the compelling force in the novel.