mary kole

2013 Character Boot Camp: Crafting Complex Characters

Originally Published: February 2013

by Gabriela Pereira

photo by Jenna Ward

Mary Kole, senior literary manager at Movable Type and author of the popular blog, gave writers practical advice on “Crafting Complex Characters” in her morning workshop, along with exercises to help writers apply her techniques.

According to Kole, kids read because they want to bond with the characters in books, and that means writers must create characters kids will love (or love to hate). In order to create these relatable characters, writers can use a tool called a “save the cat” moment, named for an incident in The Hunger Games, when a previously unlikeable character does something that redeems him- or herself in the eyes of the reader. (more…)