February 12, 2007

The Essence of Flatness

This is not to imply that characters must be round to be effective. Their relative level of development depends on their role in the action and on the conventions of the genre in which they appear.
Sharon Hamilton Essential Literary Terms

I'm all in favor of this point of Hamilton's! Not every character can be well rounded, or is required to be so. I think the only danger with this type of advice is the ease of taking it too much to heart.
I can't make them all flat - but having one is okay. I can't make them all flat - but these are just two minor characters. I can't make them all flat - but this girl can't change, even if that does make three . . . etcetera.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at February 12, 2007 12:17 PM | TrackBack
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