Revealing a Character

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Kesp Writing

Recently I have been reflecting on how characters can be revealed or introduced within a story and the truth is there are many ways in which this can happen. Of course, it will depend on how the writer wishes to introduce a character and the impact it will have on the scene, plot or story.

I have put a short, but by no means an exhaustive list of suggestions of different ways a character can be revealed to the reader:

  1. With a physical description

  2. Through dialogue - what will other characters say about or how they see that character

  3. With Emotions - how the character will react to others or vice versa

  4. How will the character interact with his/her environment – what kind of environment/setting is it?

  5. By what the character says or how the character behaves in certain situations

  6. A psychological description

What are your ways or thoughts on revealing characters?

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