What your characters need to strike a chord with readers.
How do you write an unforgettable character? It's a question so complex you might as well ask how to write a good book. That said, there are a number of common factors among characters striking an unforgettable chord with readers. Let's examine those factors to brainstorm, troubleshoot, and flesh out our main characters, ultimately making them both compelling and memorable in the reader's mind. Bring your protagonist or antagonist to play with on paper!
Kat Mattingly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from U of O and a Master of Arts from Pacific U in Portland. She currently teaches creative writing through Continuing Ed at COCC and is a guest author at local book clubs. Her literary fiction novels with Winter Goose Publishing include: Benjamin, Journey, Olivia's Ghost, and The Tutor. Short story collection Fractured Hearts includes 4 award-winning stories. Kat's most recent award is with Writer's Digest for Flash Fiction. She is published in a dozen anthologies (one poetry) and three print magazines. Kat lives at Eagle Crest Resort.
The mission of Central Oregon Writers Guild is to provide Central Oregon area writers a forum for mutual support and education through meetings, annual events and workshops. Their goal is to advance growth and success for individual writers of all genres and at all skill levels. Founded in 2002, the Guild is a non-profit organization, where volunteers coordinate the group's activities.
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