Characterization Discussion Panel

Welcome to the first ever NaNoPlotMo live discussion. We invite C-A-Harland, illuminara, queenofeagles, and DamonWakes to discuss their views on the creation and development of characters.

This month we talk about how visual artwork can play a part in character design; making your characters distinctive, especially in a large cast; characterization in flash fiction and other short mediums; how to have powerful and capable characters that are still interesting; and pacing the reveal of your character quirks and backstory. Tune in for the full discussion and please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments.


DeviantArt pieces referenced in the discussion:

SCFrankles  Six Word Stories

Relativity Comic

Stone Age Zombie Apocalypse by Tobaeus

The Ranting of Mars by TheShanar

Bagger Lem by Memnalar


Published works that were referenced:

The Emperor’s New Groove by Mark Dindal

Angel by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt

The Pretender by Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle

Batman Begins by Christopher Nolan

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Other Resources

Writing Starts With Drawing

This discussion was recorded live via a video conference for the DeviantArt group NaNoPlotMo. NaNoPlotMo is a group dedicated to helping writers plan their and develop their stories in preparation for writing events like NaNoWriMo, and every day.



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