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- Print Length: 59 pages
- Publication Date: July 12, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008KSULZI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #716,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Some of you remember these characters, but do you remember their sidekicks? For instance. The Lone Ranger and ______
Cisco Kid and ________ Roy Rogers and _______ Lois Lane _____
What if I just described their clothing or their animals?
Lassie and _______ Tootsie pop and ________ General Lee ______
Creating characters that live in your mind forever is an art. My thinking is that the character traits have to be so memorable that they imprint in your long turn memory we may forget some of the dialogue from a John Wayne movie but we never lose sight of the memory of "the Duke" as a stand up kind of a guy. A guy we would want to have a beer or share a foxhole with.
On the flip side we won't soon forget Hannibal Lector. We surely wouldn't want to have a drink or dinner with Hannibal either.
Marg's tips are real and they work. I use them and I have her book in My KFHD for easy reference when I am outlining my stories.
I can't say enough good things about Marg's books. They have served me better than an expensive writer's conference. Try one, you'll buy another, buy it and you'll buy them all.
Every one is a 5 star bargain.
I particularly liked how one hour was broken down into smaller time segments to brainstorm your character's tasks, that for some can be an overwhelming chore. And for those who may not have any ideas for their character traits, not to worry; Marg provides an inspirational resource guide that will provide you with enough ideas to take off to the moon. In the beginning of the book the question is asked "What comes first - characters or plot?" The answer this book, because before you can effectively start writing your story you must have the tools and a basic understanding of the fundamentals required to create a story with memorable characters your readers won't forget. The Busy Writer's One Hour Character is a great place to start...
The second half of the book is devoted to fleshing out the characters and giving each one his/her own distinctive voice, with tips on how to make them real, rounded and irresistible to the reader. This advice is by no means vague. Marg's explanations are clear, straightforward and supported by examples and can be applied to stories of any genre.
This book is a must buy for any serious writer.
I'm now going to go back and use the One Hour Plot book to nail down the story.
I can't say enough good things about this book. It really helped me clarify the people who will populate my story - and I was able to do it quickly and without a lot of time-wasting angst!
In a clear and highly readable way - interspersed with humour, Marg McAlister has illustrated that the creation of characters for fiction is a skill that can be learnt. I also now believe I can learn it.
The greatest surprise for me was the amount of information the author was prepared to share with her reader. It has been my previous experience that professional writers carefully guard their tools and their skills - giving an overview of how they achieve success, but not a road map for assistance. Here is the road map with succinct instruction of how to get to each location - each part of the process of building a character of strength. I got far more than I expected and at its completion, links that gave me so much more even.
Thank you for your generous contribution to understanding the process of character creation and for the wealth of information in this book. I recommend this book to new writers, conditioned writers and procrastinators with a dream. It's certainly opened my thinking to believe `I can do this too'.