Flat, round, static, dynamic: these are all words describing character types in literature. But what do they mean? Flat and round characters easily compare and contrast with each other. In the simplest terms, a flat character exhibits one trait while a round character exudes many traits, even some that conflict with each other.
On the other hand, the terms “static” and “dynamic” refer to the character’s development. In short, a static character does not undergo any significant internal change during the story; a dynamic character evolves through conflict. Thus, you could write about a flat dynamic character, a round static character, etc.
Continue reading “How to Use Static and Dynamic Characters in Your Novel”
Have you ever started story and given up halfway through? Sadly, this is the common experience for many writers, especially when it comes to finishing a big project such as a novel.
There are many reasons to scrap a story after you’ve started writing. Maybe your premises wasn’t as interesting as you thought, or maybe your character lacked the motivation to make it to the finish line.
Here’s a simple way to bulletproof your writing process against this problem:
Continue reading “Writing from the Halfway Point of Your Novel”
If you’ve spent much time exploring books on story structure and fiction writing, you’ve probably run across the term “narrative distance.” As a concept, narrative distance is not hard to grasp. Finding the right narrative depth for your story can get tricky, though.
Continue reading “Give Me Some Space: Narrative Distance 101”
Few things are worse than a two dimensional protagonist, but creating multi-faceted characters isn’t easy. Building a strong backstory and compelling internal conflict takes more than time; it requires practice and discipline. Here’s a simple exercise to help you breathe life into characters when they feel less than convincing: Continue reading “Writing Exercise: Interview Your Protagonist”