17.30: Know Your Characters

Your Hosts: Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maurice Broaddus, and Howard Tayler

How well do you know your characters? Sure, you might know their age, nationality, and perhaps wardrobe, but how well do you know their internal characteristics? Do you know them well enough that you can write dialog that sounds like them? In this episode we discuss how you might approach this problem.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Daniel Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson.


Write monologues in which your characters tell you about themselves.

2 thoughts on “17.30: Know Your Characters”

  1. This week, the intrepid quartet, Dan, Mary Robinette, Maurice, and Howard, kept themselves busy by delving into ways that knowing your characters can affect writing their dialogue. Exterior characteristics vs. interior forces. Watch out for the cat! Patrick Stewart versus Woody Harrelson. Prose dialogue and scripted dialogue are different! Read all about it in the transcript available now in the archives.

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