The object of this book is to help fiction writers make the most of their talents and write stories and novels that will sell. It succeeds in this goal by intensive analysis of the primary source of all good writing: characterization!
Characters come first, plot second. In fact, plot arises from characters in conflict in all types of imaginative writing. If you can create living characters who are true to life and seem real to your readers, all else will follow.
Written by a highly successful teacher of professional writing with practical experience in editing and publishing, this book is the answer to the question most frequently asked by writers: “How can I make my characters live?”
Step by step, from the simple to the complex, the technique and art of characterization are revealed. At every stage, the author gives examples of what to do and how to do it.
Characters Make Your Story is written in an informal and lively style. An appendix analyzing four successful published stories–one in its first and final forms–clearly demonstrates how you can put the author’s specific advice to work for you.