August 2008

Writer’s Toolbox: Minor Characters, Part 5 (First Draft)

How to make a minor character that symbolizes an element in the story. This one’s tricky. Nebulous. I’m grasping at straws… Maybe I’m just splitting hairs with this last category here, but I want to differentiate between theme and story element. If a theme is a mini-moral, a minor building block of the “so what,” …

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Writer’s Toolbox: Minor Characters, Part 4 (First Draft)

How to make minor characters that establish setting. Setting isn’t just buildings, weather, and stuff–it’s characters, too. Setting establishes: Place and time (in our example, a modern-day college town) Mood (an ordinary college town–not Miskatonic U.) Theme* (education is a part of real life, not separate from it) The setting should go back to the …

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