2 Simple, Awesome Pieces of Characterization Advice

By Kelly Robson

I’ll always be grateful to Steven Barnes. At Orycon 2012, he passed on advice that made a huge difference to my writing. Steven said, when we get a story idea, we usually know either the character or the problem. To develop the story, we can ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. If we know the character, ask, “What is the worst thing that can happen to this character—and better yet, how can they do it to themselves?”

  2. If we know the problem, ask, “Who is the worst person to give this problem to?”

And from Kelly Robson herself:

A character should either know who they are or what they’re doing.

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