Take Two Characters

posted Feb 5, 2020, 9:01 AM by David Alan Binder

Take Two Characters


Take any two interesting characters that know each other and have a history.  Then drop them into a situation.  From that situation set up a series of events where it gets worse one day and then a week later more worse and a month later even more worse.

So you see as time goes by you get invested in these characters and then you wonder.  What is going to happen to them?

I'm currently watching a TV show called, "The Stranger".  It starts by showing you a kid in the woods running naked.  Then kids by a fire.

It cuts to a man who is taking his kid soccer, his wife and then, well, you get the picture.  There are a lot of moving parts and incidents and characters and as you get to know them, you find out there is a greater thing going on that affects them all differently.

Take for instance James Patterson' and David Ellis's book "The Black Book".  It is about a Chicago family that have several police in that family and a whole series of events about them and how a series of events impacts them.

Books and shows do not show normal life.  There are some normalcy's but then it has got to have situations that affect the characters, usually not in a good way, so we get drawn in deeper and deeper.


A question(s) has to get raised in our minds in order for us to keep reading and seek answer(s).


As you write, don't preach, don't moralize, don't call things right or wrong, let the reader define those events and people.

This is called "buy-in".  It is where we start getting involved and our brains make connections to our own experiences.

I think this will help us all as we plot and plan and begin our next story, article or novel.

The more characters and the more the story intertwines between them and the more obstructions; the more delicious the story.

A Think Piece by David Alan Binder

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