Seeing your characters in context

Having established that different people have different perceptions, another dimension to characterisation is the context in which your characters are set.

Using a TV Presenter from the above list as an example, there are a variety of options open to us, depending on the style, tone and genre of the novel. The character could be a:

♦ young, attractive ex-sportsman/woman, activity gameshow host

♦ young anchor-man/woman for regional/national news programme

♦ investigative journalist for consumer programme

♦ ageing newsreader, concerned about fading looks

♦ ex-actor-turned-magazine-columnist, presenting afternoon magazine-style programme

♦ ex-pop-singer-turned-children's TV presenter

♦ ex-politician-turned-political interviewer/commentator.

The title 'TV Presenter' clearly has a very wide interpretation. The character can be male or female, young or ageing.

The one thing all of these characters have in common is that they work in a high-profile, fast-moving industry in which their status and job security is measured against their position in the viewing ratings.

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