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
Of the Italian Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi, someone said ‘he did not write four hundred concertos; he wrote the same concerto four hundred times’. As a fan of the great Venetian composer, I certainly dispute that – there is a great interest and variety to be found in his music, despite there being a very recognisable style and feel that pervades all his music. So what does all that have to do with writing, you may be beginning to wonder. Well, some novelists return to th
Poetry reading has gone out of fashion with much of the reading public. It is dull, dragging, soppy stuff best left to musty academics and high-brow literary types, they say. I say, not so fast. If you are a writer of any kind of fiction (I mean any kind, including popular fiction) there is much you can learn by dipping into the poems of some of the greats. Why? Because their language is diverse , their sentence structures innovative, and their use of metaphor outstanding. B