This podcast references episode 9.13 where we introduce a three-slider model for characters. In this episode we’re talking about how we adjust the reader’s perception of character competence, and why we might want to make the character more or less competent (or seem more or less competent.) We also talk about how competencies vary between domains, and how important it is for our characters to move between those domains.
Techniques discussed include showing failure, giving context, raising the stakes, and having competent antagonists.
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch, narrated by Michael Page
Writing Prompt: Take a very minor side character and make them hyper-competent at something.
This episode of Writing Excuses has been brought to you by Audible.
Visit http://AudiblePodcast.com/excuse for a free trial membership.
Audible Free Trial Details
Get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.