Teen Writers' Magazine

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11. Cutting Characters vs Forming An Emotional Bond

Augustus:Emperor of Rome: What do you look at when you're plotting your characters? What do you do to make them believable to the audience and to get them usually emotionally involved? Do you tend to cut characters or form an emotional bond?

Scott's answer: Right, to me, the thing that bonds to you a character is them having to make the choice. I think that's when you connect with the character Tally, in the 'Uglies' Series, When she has to choose to betray her best friend, but you understand why she does it. So I had to establish all this stuff beforehand and to give her choice to prove as to why she does it. And forcing someone to do something, it makes you want to bond to them more. Makes you connect with them. And I think in ‘Afterworlds’, you're kind of worried about Darcy, because she's got too much too soon, you know what I mean? And she doesn't really have the equipment to deal with it all. So I think you bond with her as she's juggling with all this stuff she has to do and something's going to fall eventually. But you don't know what's happening and that's what really makes you want to bond with them to find out what's happening.

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