Characterization and New Book Review Posted

Just a quick heads up to let you know that I’ve posted a book review on my other blog of Lauren Myracle’s Peace, Love and Baby Ducks.

As an author, I loved the way that the various subplots tie into the plot in oh so subtle ways as well as the complexity of her characters.

Some of the following may be a spoiler if you want to come back after you read the book.

At the beginning of the book, it was easy to side with Carly against her oh-so materialistic parents, but by the end of the book, you can see Dad’s POV.  He has become a true-blue 3-D character.  Myracle didn’t cheat by giving Dad values that mesh neatly with Carly’s.  They are still going to butt heads on a regular basis; they’re just too much alike not to.  But they also realize how alike they are and each have a deeper appreciation of the other.   Because we now know why Dad feels the way he does, we get it even if we don’t like it.

Make your adult characters 3-D even if they aren’t entirely sympathetic.  Otherwise you’ll find editors complaining about your cast of card-board cut outs.

More on characterization tomorrow.


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