Your Hosts: Brandon, Valynne, Dan, and Howard
For our purposes, the term “flat character” refers to a character who lacks the depth required to maintain reader interest. In this episode we discuss how to avoid putting flat characters front-and-center in our writing, and how we go about fixing manuscripts that have flat character problems.
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Take a flat character from media you’ve consumed and write a backstory to make them less flat.
Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary, Mary Anne, and Wesley
What makes a plot a subplot? Must subplots and main plots be linked by something more binding than the actual binding of the book?
In this episode we answer these questions, and ask and answer plenty more.
Credits: This episode was recorded in Chicago by Andrew Twiss, and mastered by Alex Jackson
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Consider the following four things – environment, characters, disruptions of status quo, and questions, and which one of these is driving your main plot. Now ask which of the remaining three can contain a disaster that drives a subplot. Write that bit.
Survivor edited by Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke (coming soon from Lethe Press)
Our character-focused month continues with an exploration of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. Whether you’re building a large or small cast, you need to know why you’re putting these people in the book, whether they’re main characters, secondary characters, or spear-carriers, and what purpose each of them actually serves in your story.
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Pick one of the dead-drop characters from the exercise two weeks ago, and turn them into a secondary character. Now take one of the characters with whom they interacted, and write the same scene again, but from this new character’s POV.