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Sun, Apr. 13th, 2008, 01:47 pm
rum_inspector: How to write interesting/believable characters

I'd like to try my hands on some writing, but I'm afraid all my OCs seem very a like. So I would like to raise some talk about character development.

What are the things that make an interesting, yet believable character?  
What are the essentials one should know about the character?
What kind of questions do you ask your characters?
Do you first make a character and then put her in action, or do you let the story decide what they do?

Sun, Dec. 16th, 2007, 01:18 pm
rexluscus: Harry Potter Rec: An Unequal Magic

This story was written for reversathon so I can't remember who actually wrote it. But it's a nuanced, sympathetic characterization of Petunia Dursley from Harry Potter. Yes, Petunia, the evil aunt who makes Harry live under the stairs. I was impressed. Snape is in it too, and since this was written before book seven came out, I can't remember if his portrayal is in tune with how canon eventually worked out. I think it might be, though. Or at least close.

Title: An Unequal Magic
Rating: PG
Summary: When Petunia grudgingly offers Snape sanctuary, the pair discover that they have certain things in common.

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