Getting Physical: Ways to Make Your Characters Come Alive


  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek September 12, 2013 at 5:32 pm .

    Great tips– another fantastic post to bookmark. Thank you for sharing these ideas and making the examples so concrete.

  2. Julie Kazimer
    Julie Kazimer September 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm .

    Great post, Lori. I never thought about Budding Up, but it makes perfect sense. I’m going to use that in my very next scene. Thanks!!!!!

  3. Debra A. Jason
    Debra A. Jason September 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm .

    Like what you wrote about “You want your readers to fall into the dream of your story, not want to claw their way out of it.” You want them to turn the page. :)

  4. Charmaine Clancy
    Charmaine Clancy September 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm .

    Lots of good points here to remember – gotta love Chekhov, he certainly mastered characters.

  5. Gail Storey
    Gail Storey September 12, 2013 at 9:11 pm .

    Lori, these are brilliant pointers, thank you! I return again and again to sensory details and images to make my characters (and real people in my memoir) spring alive.

  6. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey September 16, 2013 at 9:20 am .

    I’m starting manuscript revisions this week so these pointers will come in very handy as I try to liven up a couple of my less well-developed characters.

  7. Kendra E. Vasquez
    Kendra E. Vasquez September 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm .

    Great pointers. It helped me finally decide to add that buddy character to my project. Additionally, I recalled the benefit of having a foil for the main character.

  8. Denise Schurr
    Denise Schurr September 19, 2013 at 10:54 pm .

    Lori, thank you for the insightful post. These are great ways to breathe life into characters.

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