AWP Tips for Writers


AWP Tips for Writers by Tipsy Tullivan Here’s the problem that you might encounter as a writer. You have been told to create a compelling three-dimensional character and you are stuck. There is not a single 3D character in your whole life that you know. Nobody. You might need to give the character a scar. Yeah, a scar. You might need to take off an arm. Nothing like Joey who’s missing an arm over here. And that distinguishes your character. You could give ’em cancer It’s a little overdone. So I kinda hesitate on that one. Nothing wrong with making ’em bald. Psoriasis is really underrated in fiction. You can use props. You can give ’em a crutch. Put ’em on the side of the road. Stick a sign out, saying, “Help! I’m starving.” I have had really great success with an eye patch. Yeah, just a little eye patch you put on the character. You could make ’em blind, but again, we just had Anthony Doerr, All the Light They Cannot See, Love that book! I love it when a book makes you feel like, yeah, she’s blind but not really. She’s not really blind. She’s just blind for the book. She needs to be blind for it. But not — actually — if you met her on the street, she wouldn’t be blind. And I always say, if you can’t figure out how to create that rich three-dimensional character and you don’t want to really commit to crippling ’em up, or giving ’em a terminal problem. like they’re gonna die from it, just give ’em a birth mark. Give ’em a birthmark. But make it something big. All over the face.

3 thoughts on “AWP Tips for Writers

  1. Hi, Tipsy, thanks so much for the informative video. I've always wanted to write about my life, from my humble beginning to my crotchety old age. I need lots of help, so please keep these videos coming!

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