How to Create Vivid, Compelling Characters #1: Characterization Techniques in Action: V.E. Schwab

How to Create Vivid, Compelling Characters #1: Characterization Techniques in Action: V.E. SchwabHow to Create Vivid, Compelling Characters: In this video, Beth and Bonnie discuss two passages from V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Darkness to show how you can reveal character through relationship (and relationship reversal) and through discrepancies.

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Beth Barany, Creativity Coach for WritersBeth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away.

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  • Helen M. Fisher says:

    You all do such a wonderful job explaining and trying to be available to those of us who are at a loss with starting out. One of the worksheets I have been trying to find is ’10 questions to ask your characters’, and I can’t find it on any of the sites. Thanks so much for your help!

  • Beth Barany says:

    So glad to hear it, Helen! Here’s a list of questions to ask your characters:

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