Every Monday, MYSTERY OF CHARACTER FEATURING SHANNON MUIR focuses on the art and craft of writing, from Shannon’s perspective or that of guest authors. To catch up on all posts, check out the MYSTERY OF CHARACTER FEATURING SHANNON MUIR portion of the website! This week features Shannon’s thoughts on putting characters to the test in unexpected ways.
One way to dig into the depth of character, I believe, is to throw something unexpected or anticipated in their direction. Once you’ve established to the reader what a character appears to be the normal environment, test them by having something happen. Do they weather it the same, or does it change them?
I’ve found when trying a test like this, that more often than not the character grows and changes. The result is an intriguing ride to be on. I can only hope that my readers also enjoy the resulting adventure.
Until next time!