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    Help for making a strong lead for a Psychological Thriller?

    Discussion in 'Character Development' started by miss sunhine, Apr 14, 2012.

    So I'm trying to work on my characters and now starting a Psychological Thriller. I always give flaws, mixed personality and a relevant backstory to the plot if I need too. Are there any other things I can do to create a good strong MC for this type of Genre which is very character focused?

    (sorry if vague or don't make sense I have a rotten cold and can't think straight.)
     
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    Have you studied psychology, or at least researched a disorder you wish to write about? Case studies would be helpful.
     
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    Characters are developed through the eyes of other characters, their own thoughts, dialog or actions. You can portray a strong visual image in the eyes of other characters or you can portray a strong psychological character via the adversity they overcome, mental and/or physical.
     
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    Cogito - Thanks for your answer. Yes I've studied Psychology for quite a while, but was actually asking for tips on character creating not fitting this character to an illness. Her Mental Health declines throughout the book, very slowly. But a Psychological Thriller doesn't have to include a mental Illness.
    superpsycho - thanks, well she's seen in different ways through the novel but I'll make sure I do what you say.
     
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    Don't worry about what "I" say, it's what you think works for the story line. All I can do is, maybe if I'm lucky, point you in the right direction in things you might consider.
     

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