Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thursday Review, Getting Into Character

Getting Into Character
by Brandilyn Collins

A lot of the manuscripts I come across as a freelance editor have similar problems—and similar characters. It takes work to write characters that come across as real and believable. One of the best resources for writers struggling with this is the book, Getting into Character, by Brandilyn Collins.

Her book offers a unique viewpoint—that of a method actor. She offers seven secrets she uses to bring her own fiction to life. Each section has an actor’s technique and novelists adaption. She breaks down the techniques needed to write believable characters, even when the writer is exploring situations outside their own personal experiences.

This book will benefit the novice writer, as well as the more experienced writer. My copy sits on the shelf above my desk, well-worn from repeated use. What have you found to help you build better characters? Leave a comment and let us know.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the book tip! I like watching movies to get ideas. Some characters are likeable, others aren't. But even the ones that aren't...there's got to be something likeable in them, right? Something to catch your eye? They mentioned that at Ridgcrest.