Characterization Exercises for Romance Writers

  1. Every person has many facets to his or her character. A good fictional character also is multi-faceted. In order for you to consider all the facets of your characters, write a description of a character as if you were a character witness testifying in defense of this person. Then write a description of the same character as if you were a character witness called by the prosecution. Remember, both parties are discussing the same character, so the characteristics discussed have to be consistent.
  2. Explore ways of describing a character’s physical characteristics without using the mirror method. How can you let the reader know your character is a red-head without making the fact intrusive in the story?

This creative exercise came from the course Writing the Romance Novel

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  • How the hero of an action novel differs from the hero of a romantic novel
  • To master the tricky business of putting your hero and heroine together and keeping them together-yet-apart until the story’s close
  • To create the sexual tension that will have your readers turning the pages late into the night
  • Conventions must be followed and what rules can be broken for readers to embrace your work

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