Recently, Shaun and I realized that we were a little much for our community. Some of our friends assured us that this was okay. That Maine was full of characters.
“You’re dynamic,” they said.
This made Shaun happy because the word has sort of a superhero aspect to it. DYNAMIC MAN has a pretty cool ring to it.
But since I’m a writer and editor and writing coach, I thought, “Whoa… So I’m evolving? Cool.”
This, of course, confused poor Shaun also known as Dynamic Man, so I had to explain it a bit too him. And then I figured I might as well make a blog post about it because I’ve probably talked a bit too much about Hot Customs Guy and butt shapes lately.
What’s a dynamic character?
It’s a character that changes in the course of your story.
They grow. They evolve or devolve. They learn something about their world and that learning impacts who they are.
Sadly, being quirky doesn’t equal dynamic. To be dynamic your character has to change somehow.
The change in the character can be HUGE or it can be SMALL, but for a character to exist there has to be some change.
Important thing to remember: Not all characters are dynamic even if they are your lead character, but (especially in kidlit) dynamic characters are pretty much the thing.
A place where you tend not to see a dynamic character is in multiple installments of a series. Think James Patterson novels following one guy or woman. Think Sherlock Holmes’s character.
But almost always the main character will change in a story because of the things that happen in your story. Sometimes that change shifts their world view or gives them new positive characteristics, but sometimes that change is just a strengthening of the awesome that’s already there.
And sometimes that change is someone heading to the dark side like poor Anakin or that guy in Breaking Bad whose name I can never remember. Walter? Walden?
But for a character to be dynamic, there needs to be change. I’ll be talking about static characters this week, too! So hang on.
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Oh, and it’s quirky.
This is because most of my books are quirky.
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Alisa Thea is barely scraping by as a landscaper in small-town Bar Harbor. She can’t touch people with her bare skin without seeing their deaths and passing out, which limits her job and friendship opportunities. It also doesn’t give much of a possibility for a love life, nor does her overbearing stepfather, the town’s sheriff. Then along comes an opportunity at a local campground where she thinks her need for a home and job are finally solved . . .
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It’s fun. It’s weird. It’s kind of like Charlaine Harris, but a little bit more achy and weird.