What do writers and actors have in common? More than you think. Writers create characters on the page — actors create them on stage or in films. Both need to present convincing characters their audiences will care about, otherwise the book will remain unread or the movie will be a box office flop.

As a writer your most important role is to grab your reader’s attention from the opening lines and hold it to the final word. Every character must come to life on the page. Just as an actor portrays a character on the screen, you have to make every person in your story seem real, with a unique set of emotions, ideas, opinions and behaviours.

To read more visit the following link to the Great (book) expectations website, where I have a guest blog...


http://novelexpectations.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/tips-for-young-writers-write-in-character/
 

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    I'm the author of eight books for children and many of my poems and short stories have been published in magazines, newspapers and anthologies. One of the things I enjoy most about being an author is visiting schools and libraries to talk to kids about writing and encourage them to have a go themselves.

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