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Creative Writing by Casey Clabough

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CHAPTER7

Magnetic Characterization

In This Chapter

  • Dialogue that’s direct
  • Dialogue that’s indirect
  • The writer’s interpretation
  • Recurring characters

Characters are the most important component of any narrative. Without them, there wouldn’t be much of a story. Characterization is an essential skill to master, therefore, because characters are vital parts of any creative writing, from books and short stories, biographies and autobiographies, to poetry.

The development of a character is a very detailed process and one that requires a lot of thought. In fact, creative writers often describe it as “living with their characters,” because for some ...

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