Stories I Follow

Yesterday I talked about characters’ internal narratives—the kinds of stories that they’ve internalized and often act according to. I wasn’t able to go into as much detail as I would have liked on how to find an established character’s internal narratives. I can, however, show you some of mine, and things that helped me find [...]

Characterization Exercise: The Stories They Follow

From time immemorial, people have told each other stories—about why the world is the way it is, about generic youths who all had one of three or four names and somehow managed to make good, about the kinds of people they’d want to be and the kinds of people they’d want to sleep with. For [...]