Well, back to positive qualities. I gave Henry almost all good qualities but a couple of challenges so he could overcome them during the course of the story. Will has more bad qualities (Does that say something about me?) because who wants to read about a really bad guy, unless he's so bad you want to read to see how he gets his "come-uppance" or if he does.
But sometimes, it's best just to let a third character tell a second character about the character you're characterizing.
For example, this bit of exposition from p. 17. Will's speaking to Julie over the phone:
"Dad's a natural," she said.Here's Henry's perception and insight coming into it. I figured if I were successful in building Henry's character such that he would just know stuff, I could make the story go along more smoothly and the reader would more easily suspend disbelief when we got to a tricky part. Of course this ability of Henry's doesn't make Will feel very secure when he's trying to hide a big part of himself, as the next couple of sentences, which I didn't quote, show.
I asked her what she meant. She explained how Henry could find out just about anything about anybody. People would tell him things they'd never tell anyone else. He seemed to know stuff without anyone knowing how he did it."
Do you thing it worked? I'd like to know. Post a comment.
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