Creating a Character Step 3

Interaction

So far I’ve gone over image (Conquering the Five Senses) and personality (Forming Personality). The last step is interaction.

Interaction is composed of dialogue, body language and can also encompass a character’s thoughts. I find this part of  character development to be the most exciting because it is the story. After spending time thinking about a character’s physical traits and personality, I finally get to throw him/her into the mix and see what happens.

But to the basics, why is interaction important?

1) Depicts your character through dialogue, action and his/her thoughts

2) Leads/revolves around the climax or theme

As I said in an earlier post once you have a grasp of your character’s personality the exchange between other characters becomes easier because you have a generalized idea of how your character will react. You can work him/her into the plot and manipulate the plot or character how you see fit in order to cover your theme or climax.

A way to develop interaction is to keep your end goal in mind. What are the milestones of your story, and how can you get to them?

Example,  The Great Storms:

Milestone–Jeremiah takes Andrew to live in an underground shelter.

How I made it happen–Jeremiah gets a chance when Grandma leaves Andrew for a night to play bingo.

The resulting interaction between Grandma and another character convinces Grandma to leave Andrew with a babysitter. The exchange serves two purposes: a piece of Grandma’s personality is revealed, and she leaves the house.

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