Characterisation and unlikeable characters

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This article mentions Norman Erikson Pasaribu
Written by Jennifer Porter and was originally published in WrICE.
Feb 27, 2017


For Pasaribu, character is his starting point, beginning with a voice, and from this, building a character. Once he has his character he looks for an interesting scene in which to insert them, the scene often becoming the beginning of a story.

‘you have to make the path from the paver’

Once the character is established, the scene or story can be altered, the pavers can be moved around.

In building a character, Pasaribu starts with a secret, the thing hidden, a vulnerability. The character’s secret will ultimately reflect their desires, and their desires will determine how they interact with the world.

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