Characterization . . . should be this real!

As writers, all our characters should be this alive: She’s addicting, isn’t she? We watched this video over and over in my office. Whether the viewers had kids or not, found her annoying or adorable, or even liked chatter or not; everyone was mesmerized. When characters hit the page, writers often flatten them out — cardboard imitations. Watch the video again. Note each movement. Notice how she attempts to engage those around her. Take in the reaction of her father, and the voice in the background that I assume is mom. This little girl’s chatter should be burned into your mind. This is true 3-D, and as authors, each writer has the job of bring […]