In the third instalment of the Creating Characters series, we are going to explore how body language, posture, and mannerisms can be a key part of a character’s uniqueness and originality. By observing someone’s gestures, posture and body language, we can ‘hear’ a great deal. Through this silent visual language, they are telling you about their emotional state, attitudes, aspirations, desires, and character. Just from the way someone is sitting in a chair, you can tell a lot.
In part 1 of this series, we studied faces in detail and tried to paint their likeness using words. Hopefully you succeeded in evocatively describing Alan Rickman (or any other person you chose). Faces are the first and most obvious thing we think of when asked to describe someone. But the way someone speaks – tone, volume, word choice, accent, rhythm – is just as much a part of what makes them distinctive as their physical appearance is. Dialogue is a major part of any nove
Can you picture your favourite fictional character? Can you see the way they move, hear their voice, visualise their face? I bet you can. If you cannot build up a good picture of a character in your mind, you likely found them nondescript and forgettable, with few things that evoked a strong image in your imagination. No reader wants to read about a blend cardboard cut-out character, and I am sure no writer wants to write about one. So how can novelists create interesting, we