Saturday, January 22, 2011
Even in a big drama with a large cast, readers need to know who they’re dealing with. They have to know someone to care about the person.
Just as too many cooks spoil the broth, too many characters spoil the story. If you have many minor characters, consider combining a few.
|Viola Davis in Traveler|
Posted by Ellis Vidler at 5:45 AM
Friday, January 14, 2011
When a character first makes an appearance in a story, the writer really ought to call upon good manners and introduce the character to the reader. It’s awkward when a stranger appears in a small gathering and, while everyone else seems to know her and interact easily, I’m distracted from the action, trying to figure out who she is.
Posted by Ellis Vidler at 5:11 PM
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Limit these names to characters who are involved in enough action that they need to be distinguishable and whose names would not naturally be given. Too much of a good thing isn't always wonderful.
If this sounds like a lecture, it's because it is. :) It's from one of my classes. I love to hear what you think. Any ideas or suggestions? Examples, good or bad?
Posted by Ellis Vidler at 8:00 AM