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Friday, May 25, 2012


Lillian R. Melendez has been writing and publishing her work since she was very young. The arts as a whole have always been an interest, but creative writing is her passion. Read more about her at her website.

Lillian is giving away a copy of
Dismantling Vindictiveness, a novel of revenge, greed, and murder and one man's search for redemption, to one of our readers who leaves a comment this week. -- AP

Writing Believable Characters
Writers take reality and play with it by using their imaginations. There’s a reason why writers keep a small notepad wherever they go. Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere.

To make my characters believable, I engage with people around me, trying to understand people’s personalities and behaviors.  A person’s body movements, facial expressions, what they say, how they say it, what other actions they exhibit, can be helpful in creating a believable character.

Because each human being is complex and unique, I make the characters as real as possible. In my novel, the characters are “round.” Meaning, they have more than one side to their personality, while flat characters are two-dimensional.

Soap operas are a perfect example. You see the characters played by actors, but they do not have the same personality as the characters they portray. Yet, the characters they portray, are an exact personality of a human being somewhere in the world. A believable character in a soap opera or in a book brings the human being in, wondering what the character will do next.
Thanks for joining us today, Lillian. Readers, if you'd like a chance to win a copy of Dismantling Vindictiveness, post a comment. -- AP


Liz said...

Interesting reviews. A good summer read--amongst sun light and noisy fun?

traveler said...

I enjoyed this post and learning about the novel. Sounds fascinating.

petite said...

The book and your writing technique is interesting especially about Soap Operas. Best wishes and much success.