Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A Real Character

By C. LaRene Hall

Recently I finished reading the third book in a series by Beverly Lewis. The thing I’ve noticed about her books is she intertwines the Amish customs into her story. By the time the story is finished you are familiar with their distinctive clothing. You know they own horse-drawn buggies, not cars. There is a three-hour worship service every other Sunday and a shared meal follows the meeting. You can picture the people in her stories.

When we are writing a story, it is very important to include customs of the people. We should include the things they do daily, the way they wear their hair, the clothing they wear, and the way they talk. There are many things to remember as you write, but making a character come to life should be on the top of the list.

1 comment:

Cindy Beck said...

Good point. It's easy to forget the details that help our readers "see" the characters.