characterization

  1. terrimain

    Character Creating Characters From the Inside Out with Terri Main

    We tend to think about fictional characters as something outside of ourselves. We see them as something like statues we are carving or portraits we are painting. But that leads to creating characters readers have trouble relating to. When I was studying for my master's degree in psychology, I...
  2. Kris

    Plot-Structure Crafting Must-Read Backstory: Write Backstory Your Readers Are Dying to Read with Kris Kennedy

    Writers love backstory! We need backstory. It’s pain and motivation and the unique angles that make our characters sing and howl at the moon. It’s the whys and hows. It explains everything. Unfortunately, it can also kill story. Backstory can be deployed. Done right, it’s a weapon in our...
  3. TereMichaels

    Character It Takes a Village: Writing Supporting Characters with Tere Michaels

    An exploration of world-building, development of plot and main characters through secondary characters. Introduction At the end of the day, no matter what the genre or trope, whether it’s happening in Alabama or on Mars, we are all trying to create the best possible characters to tell our...
  4. Deborah Bailey

    Character Emotions and Description with Deb Bailey

    Find out how to connect descriptions to the reader's visceral reactions. Use all five senses to engage the reader. 1. Define your character – who are they and what do they want? 2. Determine character personality traits. 3. Understanding emotional triggers and motivations. 4. Descriptions – how...
  5. TereMichaels

    Character The Missing Puzzle Piece: Core Wounds with Tere Michaels

    Core Wounds sit in the heart of every person - both real and fictional. An understanding of these deep-seated, harmful "truths" we believe can lead to the creation of three-dimensional characters and emotionally impactful narratives readers will never forget. This workshop will explore what a...
  6. Angela Knight

    Craft Blastoff Beginnings: Writing opening chapters that take readers along for the ride w/ Angela Knight

    In this month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses how to write a beginning that will have readers clicking the BUY button. Knight examines the elements that engage the reader’s curiosity and make her care about your characters. She will explain how to...
  7. ajjohnson

    Homework EXERCISE #2: CREATE YOUR VICTIM & HOOK

    Exercise Part A: Create Your Victim Once again, since this is a mini-intensive, attendees are not required to submit this assignment. However, I encourage you to do these exercises in conjunction with your work in progress and ask any questions that may arise. As before, you may not be able to...
  8. ajjohnson

    Lecture LESSON TWO: WHO IS THE VICTIM?

    Welcome back, Cozy Enthusiasts! As briefly noted in the first lesson, the victim must have a strong connection to the sleuth so that the sleuth has a compelling reason to move forward with solving the crime. Therefore, the next step in crafting a killer cozy is to decide who is the victim and...
  9. DiAnn Mills

    Lecture Exploring the Art of Characterization - 2 lectures

    Hi Writers! Please see attached PDF for lecture content for Exploring the Art of Characterization. Feel free to pose your thoughts and questions. Also note an additional PDF attachment is an Advanced Characterization Sketch, referenced during the lecture. Thanks! DiAnn Mills Home | DiAnn Mills |...
  10. TereMichaels

    Character The Emotional Arc with Tere Michaels

    An emotional arc is the journey that a character’s emotional state of mind undertakes during a scene. A typical emotional arc has a beginning in which the character is feeling a certain way, an end in which their emotional state of mind has undergone a change, and a turning point that triggers...
  11. DiAnn Mills

    Craft Exploring the Art of Characterization with DiAnn Mills

    *** Registration is now full. *** If the development of character was easy, every novel would hit the bestseller list. Novelists create stories from a deep need to entertain readers through the eyes of a memorable character. We long to create a character the reader loves or loves to hate. so we...
  12. terrimain

    Character Developing Characters from the Inside Out with Terri Main

    A story might be defined as somebody in some location has a goal, but something gets in the way of achieving that goal. Whether the story is a love story or an action-adventure Zombie Apocalypse novel, the character is always at the center of the story. Plot is determined by the choices your...
  13. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 2: Characterization

    CHARACTERIZATION By Angela Knight I’m beginning the class with characterization because it’s really the key to grabbing the attention of readers and editors. Humans are a social lot. We care about...
  14. Angela Knight

    Lecture Lesson 4: Internal Conflict without Navel-Gazing

    Sorry I was a bit later getting today's lesson posted. I've been working on it most of the day, and it turned out to take longer than I expected. Lesson 4: Internal Conflict without Navel-Gazing by Angela Knight When I’m plotting a book, one of the first things I work on is the internal...
  15. LC Hayden

    Lecture Lesson 9 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Mistakes, Reader Knowledge, and the Hole

    Lesson 9 Using Characters to Build Suspense: Mistakes, Reader Knowledge, and the Hole On yesterday’s lesson, we saw some methods authors use to add suspense to the novel. All involved some character actions. Today, we are going to expand on that list. One of those suspense building techniques...
  16. LC Hayden

    Lecture Character Lesson 13 More Guidelines for Creating Interesting Characters

    Character Lesson 13 More Guidelines for Creating Interesting Characters If a person wants to learn something, the best way to accomplish this is by studying other’s writings. Studying how successful authors accomplished a particular skill, such as creating interesting characters, will help you...
  17. LC Hayden

    Lecture Character Lesson 12 Guidelines for Creating Interesting Characters

    Character Lesson 12 Guidelines for Creating Interesting Characters Almost everyone hates the bad guy. But what if your villain is a likeable character? Wouldn’t that make the story stronger and the character more memorable? Characters that stay with the reader long after he sets the book down...
  18. LC Hayden

    Lecture Characters Lesson 11 Creating Realistic, Likeable and Memorable Characters

    Characters Lesson 11 Creating Realistic, Likeable and Memorable Characters One sure way to make your character likeable and memorable is to give him something to care about. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trivial item or something that is worthy. Then go a step further and give him a reason why...
  19. LC Hayden

    Lecture Character Lesson 10 Revealing the Character's Past

    Character Lesson 10 Revealing the Character's Past Lesson 2 focused on developing a character’s profile. At that time, I stressed the fact that you need to know everything about your character, from the time he was born to the current time. You should even know what will happen to him in the...
  20. Allie Pleiter

    Lecture Session 5 - Blurting the truth

    What’s the opposite of lying? Telling the truth, of course. And most of our characters are operating in a truthful mode for most of the time. Those characters can take great leaps forward (or backward), however, when they tell each other things they never meant to reveal. If we’ve written...