It’s interesting to note how much valuable advice I collated from various people while I was writing my first novel, and which I find myself returning to now that I’m writing the next.
One of the best bits of advice I was given was by Kim Wilkins on her Year of the Novel course (through Queensland Writers Centre), about how well an author should know a character. You can describe their hair, eye colour, height, a particular trait to distinguish them from the rest of the cast, but Kim asked one very, very good question one week that really made me sit up and re-evaluate my writing.
Do you know what your character does at 2pm on a Saturday afternoon?
If not, why not?
The point is, you may not put this sort of information in your novel, but the more you know about your character, the more believable they will become to your readers through your writing.
More information about courses through Queensland Writers Centre is available here.
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