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My 30 Days of Writing-Day 20: Character vs. Character


Indeed.

20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?

(Sorry for the late post. WordPress glitched combined with playing to much Mass Effect. Double the post today then.)

Best characters interactions?

Put two characters in a room and let them go at.

Verbally.

Through dialogue I mean.

Not making myself very clear, am I?

I’ve discovered that the best interactions in my books come from dialogue between two characters. They take over the scene, to the point that only the words remain, no tags, very little in way of descriptions. Only their words. If in the real world actions speak louder than words, in fiction it was what characters say (and how/when they say it) that carries the most impact.

Brothers riffing at each other.

Possible lovers on the cusp of climbing the walls that separate them from strangers to intimates.

A hero confronting the villain.

A sudden realization by an MC that things are not what they seem.

Yes I could tell those things. I could show you with vivid descriptions. But I learned that you have to let the characters speak. And no better way to reveal the true nature of a character(s) when confronted by another. Also I like to heap on the snark and dry humor thus elevating these moments above the rest.

It feels less like I’m writing a scene than listening in on my characters.

If that is not what writing is about, I don’t know what is.

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Some Depeche Mode for you today-Precious:

One comment on “My 30 Days of Writing-Day 20: Character vs. Character

  1. […] and why! 19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why! 20. What are your favorite character interactions to write? 21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them? 22. Tell us about one […]

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