“If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there." –Anton Chekhov
"I like to think of what happens to characters in good novels and stories as knots--things keep knotting up. And by the end of the story--readers see an unknotting of sorts. Not what you expect, not the easy answers you get on TV, not wash and wear philosophies, but a reproduction of believable, emotional experiences." –terrymcmillan
`Write a brief description of your all time favourite character from fiction books or movies. Explain what makes this character so believable, compelling, etc.`
Breakfast at tiffany’s
Nate the great
Respond to the short stories both positively and negatively. Your critiques should be focused on stylistically elements. Look at them through the eyes of a writer.
Richard North Patterson –no.38-
I agree with this writer’s statement. A character should not be constricted in development. It has to have room to grow and expand its characteristics and traits. There is no such thing as a formula for making a character believable because such formula would only make it two dimensional. If you want it to be believable, then treat it like a child. Give it room to grow and learn on its own....