Writing Wreckage II: Character DevelopmentEvery story has a Luke Skywalker or an Obi-Wan Kenobi, an Alice discovering her own Wonderland, a Neo rescuing those trapped in the Matrix. Theyre called archetypes, universally recognized symbols on which other characters are built. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having an archetype in your story. The problem emerges when your character fails to be more than that.Writing Wreckage II: Character Development by hrwilliams
As you develop your story, youll hopefully find the cast taking on a life of their own. Its important to let characters evolve, even if it creates plot holes and forces you to start writing from the beginning again. Graham Greene said, The moment comes when a character does or says something you hadnt thought about. At that moment hes alive and you leave him to it.
J.R.R. Tolkien originally intended for Strider to be a hobbit, or even Bilbo in disguise. Can you imagine The Lord of the Rings witho
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