The Final Goodbye- The Finishing TouchesA Lesson by TopHatGirl
Setting Your Character Off Into The World, Try Not To Cry.
You character is about to get into the taxi. Suitcase in hand, it takes one last look at you. You start to tear up. It runs back, embracing you in one last hug.
"Bye, Mom/Dad," It whispers in your shoulder.
"Good luck in the literature world, Your Character's Name," you whisper back. It waves again, one short little flick of the arm. And then it gets into the car. The cab starts to drive off, and your charrie's face is pressed up against the window. In you're mind, you ask one question,
Is my Character ready for my book/story/poem/play?
If the answer is yes, then wave goodbye one last time, go back inside, and start writing.
If the answer is no, then go back to the previous lessons, and skim through. Keep working until you get them right. I'm not going to tell you if your character is ready. But, if you wish, I always like it when readers message me the wonderful characters they have made with the help of my lessons. :)
So, we're not the #1 course anymore. Oh, well. It changes.
And, this is the last lesson!!! Aren't you sad? Devastated? I am. It was a long haul. But characters usually are. Let's talk about finishing touches. Your character is so well thought out and developed, you're probably thinking, what more could I possibly have to do? And you might be going, my character seems awful! How do I change them? Sometimes, your character turns out bad. If a product turns out bad in a factory, they throw it away. If that happens, its fine. Just throw it away, and start fresh. Maybe it just has a little flaw. Just fix what's broken, and put it back on the product line.
You might have a character that's ready to be in your writing. Fantastic! Go for it. Just make sure you go back to this course and make sure you didn't miss anything. Put a little quirk here, a flaw there. Some paint there, a touch up there. Sometimes the best characters have been changed and remodeled hundreds of times. Sometimes they are changed at the last minute and work out great. Sometimes theyre already great the first time. And sometimes they suck.
If they suck, then they suck. Go back.
I don't have anything else to say, really. I do believe that you all will make wonderful characters, and I will enjoy reading about them in your writing. I might make another course, look out for it. Subscribe, and comment. Message me your characters. Or if you hated this course, then do the opposite of what I said. Thanks to everyone for reading. Your characters thank you too.
Happy Characters, everyone. I hope I love them ;)
Added on June 28, 2010
Last Updated on June 28, 2010
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