Writing tip 6. How I write.

The characters in depth: 

Once again this is just how I work. If you are writing a period piece, fantasy or a drama it makes no difference. People are the same wherever you go. They loved, they hated, they experienced love and jealousy the same as we did. They are the basics of the great novels of the past. I simply like thinking my way as far as characters go. 

Just like we came up with one character, one needs to establish all the characters in your story, poem, blog, or article. Sometimes those characters are fictional and other times they are real living people that need to be addressed in proper ways.  

Up to now I have never sat down and interviewed anyone famous but this assignment was given to me by the only person who ever coached me in writing and so I am passing it on. I have mentioned Larry in my blogs, but I do not remember his real name.  

I have decided on his name so let’s go. Larry himself was a unique character. He was a writer and had optioned a few scripts and made some good money. I don’t know if any ever got made but it does not matter.  

Larry had a few quirks and so I’ll share them because it may help you. Larry worked full-time from home. This was way before work from home was a thing but let’s assume most writers who work full time can or do work from home. Larry had one problem and I am bringing this up because I personally feel that for a character to be memorable they need to have some quirks.  

We all have a quirk or a certain trait that makes us who we are. OCD, PTSD, Tourrettes, anxiety, fear, and so on. Well, Larry could only get work done when he went to work. So each morning he showered, shaved and put on his dress pants, dress shoes and a shirt and tie.  

Without his routine, he could not work. Larry needed to go to work, dressed for work and be ready to work even though he was only a few steps from his office across the hall. 

The point is, that Larry’s character had depth. We can tell he was and is an organized person. If Larry were to commit murder, we could assume he would be very detail-oriented. 

We get back to Lucky for a minute before we move on. This is something I love doing. Taking two different strands of the story and tying them together. Why don’t we make Larry, Lucky’s father?  

Larry is a specific type of person and we know that from what little I told you about him. Larry would always get dressed for work, Larry is precise and we will assume clean-shaven and intelligent since he is a writer.  

In the short time I have typed this we are giving depth and character to Larry and we can take a guess as to why Lucky is sad. Maybe, just maybe Larry is also a strict father who may or may not let Lucky sleep over at a friend’s house and that is the reason Lucky was so sad. You see how this is all coming together now. 


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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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