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    DescriptionProven techniques for creating vivid, believable characters Want to bring characters to life on the page as vividly as fine actors do on the stage or screen? Getting into Character will give you a whole new way of thinking about your writing. Drawing on the Method acting theory that theater professionals have used for decades, this in-depth guide explains seven characterization techniques and adapts them for the novelist's use. In this unique and practical book, you'll discover concepts that will help you understand and communicate the behavior, motivation, and psychology of every fictional character you create. Examples from classic and contemporary novels show you how these techniques have been used to dazzling effect by Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Steve Martini, Anne Rivers Siddons, and others. These simple yet highly effective techniques will help you: Create characters whose distinctive traits become plot components Determine each character's specific objectives and motivations Write natural-sounding dialogue rich in meaning Endow your characters with three-dimensional emotional lives Use character to bring action sequences to exuberant life Write convincingly about any character facing any circumstance


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    Title
    Getting into Character
    Subtitle
    Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brandilyn Collins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 320 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780471058946
    ISBN 10: 0471058947
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    B&T Approval Code: A23253000
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    LC classification: PN3383.C4 C65 2002, PN3383.C4
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    Illustrations note
    Ill.
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    John Wiley & Sons Inc
    Publication date
    03 November 2002
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Bestselling author BRANDILYN COLLINS writes novels in both the women's fiction and suspense genres. She is also the author of the well-received true crime title A Question of Innocence. Before turning to writing, she was a longtime student of drama, including Stanislavsky's writings on Method acting. Visit her Web site at: www.brandilyncollins.com.
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    Proven techniques for creating vivid, believable charactersWant to bring characters to life on the page as vividly as fine actors do on the stage or screen? Getting into Character will give you a whole new way of thinking about your writing. Drawing on the Method acting theory that theater professionals have used for decades, this in-depth guide explains seven characterization techniques and adapts them for the novelist's use.In this unique and practical book, you'll discover concepts that will help you understand and communicate the behavior, motivation, and psychology of every fictional character you create. Examples from classic and contemporary novels show you how these techniques have been used to dazzling effect by Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Steve Martini, Anne Rivers Siddons, and others. These simple yet highly effective techniques will help you: Create characters whose distinctive traits become plot componentsDetermine each character's specific objectives and motivationsWrite natural-sounding dialogue rich in meaningEndow your characters with three-dimensional emotional livesUse character to bring action sequences to exuberant lifeWrite convincingly about any character facing any circumstance
    Table of contents
    Preface. Acknowledgments. The Author. PART ONE: FROM HIGH-STAKES GAMBLING TO CERTAIN SUCCESS. 1 Low-Yield, Conventional Consulting VersusHigh-Yield, High-Impact Consulting. 2 The Five Fatal Flaws of Conventional Consulting. 3 The Bottom-Line Results of High-Impact Consulting. PART TWO: THE RESULTS-DRIVEN ARCHITECTURE OF HIGH-IMPACT CONSULTING. 4 Define Goals in Terms of Client Results Insteadof Consultant Products. 5 Match Project Scope to What the Client IsReady to Do. 6 Aim for Rapid-Cycle Successes toGenerate Momentum. 7 Build a Partnership to Achieve and to Learn. 8 Leverage Resources: More Results withFewer Consultants. PART THREE: CREATING HIGH-IMPACT PARTNERSHIPS. 9 Create a Contract for Collaboration Instead ofa Proposal for a Job. 10 Senior Managers Must Insist That Their PeopleProduce the Results. Build Communication Bridges and Overcome Anxiety. 12 Test the Shift to High-Impact Consulting:It s All Upside and Risk-Free. Notes. Index.