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#atozchallenge: C is for #Characterization #fiction #writing #quotes

A to Z Challenge Theme: Quotes from Authors and Bookish People about Writing
We’re off to a great start on the A to Z and I’m continuing with my mad rush of visiting other blogs! Today, I continue my theme with one of the most important skills of writing fiction: characterization.

Characterization is the
concept of creating characters for a narrative. It is a literary element and
may be employed in dramatic works of art or everyday conversation. Characters
may be presented by means of description, through their actions, speech, or
thoughts.” ~Wikipedia

Here are the writing quotes for today: 

  1. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  2. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  3. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters,
    make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what
    they are made of.
    — Kurt Vonnegut

 “When writing a novel a writer should
create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
― Ernest Hemingway

“But if you don’t understand that story is
character and not just idea, you will not be able to breathe life into even the
most intriguing flash of inspiration.”
― Elizabeth George
Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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