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What Makes a Character Memorable?

April 11, 2016

I hope that some of my characters become memorable to some readers. I guess I need to get busy and write them into existence instead of keeping them clogged up in my brain. ~ Connie

Renee Johnson Writes

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own heart, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth.” – William Butler Yeats

W. B. Yeats picture courtesy of Wikipedia W. B. Yeats picture courtesy of Wikipedia

A novel is only as strong as it characters,  We can have the best plot, but if the characters fall flat, so will the story.

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby – all examples of people who live in our hearts and minds as surely as if they were family members.

And like family, they all had flaws and/or obstacles to overcome.  If not, why would they have been interesting to us?

Ernest Hemingway wrote about ‘collecting people’.  He found them in cafes, on the street, next to him during war.  He captured their ways…

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  1. Wonderful post, Connie. Sharing… 🙂

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