Introducing Characters -
Melanie Anne Phillips
reader/audience first meets your characters in a story, it has the same effects
as when you are introduced to someone in real life. First impressions have
a tremendous impact that you can use either to establish or mislead your
reader/audience as to the true nature of each character.
You might tell your reader/audience all there is to know about a particular
character right up front. But for
another character, you may drop little bits of information over the whole course
of the story. And, of course, you
want to note how a character's outlook and feelings change as the story unfolds.
Then there is
the question of who shows up first? Joe, Tom, Sally, or the Monster?
Characters introduced early on become more important to the reader/audience at a
personal level, even though their roles may not be as significant in the story
To elevate an interesting character who is not a major player, you may wish to
introduce and follow him or until he or she latches up with a major character
down the line. Or, you might reveal
several characters together in a group activity to give them equal footing at
that point in the story.
Who is your Main
Character? Do you want to involve
your audience immediately by bringing that character in first, or would you
rather have them look more objectively at the characters and plot, introducing
the Main Character later?
You know all
about your characters while your audience knows nothing.
It's okay to reveal more about your characters later in the story, but
you must lay the groundwork and reveal personality so that your audience can
sympathize with them and feel for them as the story progresses. For
complex characters, it may take the entire story before all their subtleties are
author may want to have a character with a dark side, or a hidden side that will
be revealed only later in the story. Don't
avoid introducing the character, but rather try to introduce their facade as a
complete character, making it that much more shocking when they reveal their
impressions are lasting, and an audience with the first impression of someone as
a good guy, will resist thinking of them as a bad guy for as long as possible.
So, don't give hints to the truth right off the bat.
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