I'm really glad I did this series because I have had such an incredible learning experience. While I've been sharing my thoughts I have been receiving comments, I've been asking questions on twitter, I've been exploring other blogs, and the amount that I've learned and gained has been incredible. I can only hope that some of my readers have gained even a little bit from this.
To finish off I would like to recap some of the major points from the series as well as add in some of the points I've gained from discussions (both online and off).
- Characters are really important to the story - in fact for many readers the characters can make or break the story.
- Writers get very attached to their characters but they shouldn't let their attachment get in the way of moving the plot forward (sometimes bad things happen to good characters).
- A good protagonist can hook the reader and really distinguish your story.
- Antagonists are essential as far as plot development and human drama.
- Ensemble casts are an interesting case and somewhat more difficult to write well but for a good writer there is a lot of potential.
- Believable characters take time to develop and it is the small details that make them realistic.
- As much as the writer loves the character they have created and the back story they have lovingly crafted, almost nobody loves an info-dump at the beginning of a story.
Looking forward to it.