Your character is your story. Readers will see your story through your protagonist’s eyes. Your hero’s or heroine’s actions – or inactions – will drive your story. Her or his journey will become your readers’ journey. Without your character – or characters – all you have is a blank page.

How will this online writing course help you?

The goal of the Building Character online fiction writing course is to help you understand the importance of creating believable, three-dimensional characters – protagonists and antagonists. This course will teach you methods you can use to develop strong characters, which in turn will help you create richer, more memorable stories.

What will you find in this online writing course?

The Building Character online fiction writing course offers six modules that will help you get from a basic character outline to a strong, fully developed hero or heroine your readers can relate to, and adversaries your readers will love to hate.

Section 1: Getting into Character – This course section is offered to you for FREE as an introduction to The Writing Mind series of workshops. We’ll start with the basics. We’ll discuss how to interview your character and the questions to ask to develop a solid background for her. This interview is the platform that will help you create a more well-rounded protagonist.

Section 2: Happy Birthday! – It’s not enough to write that your character is 25 or 35 or 55. To better understand your character, you need to know the date of her birth. Is she a Baby Boomer, a Millennial, a GenXer? What’s her sign, and how do these factors impact the way she interacts with other characters? Your character’s birthday is especially important if you’re developing a series around her. You don’t want to get to book three and realize that your storyline has advanced three years, but your character hasn’t aged. In this section, we’ll discuss what to consider when determining your character’s birth date.

Section 3: A Family Affair – Is your character an only child or did she grow up in a large family? Did she have a loving family or was there tension in her home? In this section, we’ll explore your character’s family history and values, and how those experiences could impact your story.

Section 4: More than Skin Deep – There’s more to developing your characters than giving her exotic features or describing him as having a swimmer’s build. Your character is driving the action in your book. To better understand what’s happening in your book and why, you need to go beyond the physical to what makes your character tick. In this section, we’ll examine characters from popular culture for examples of character motivations and conflicts, and how these impact a story.

Section 5: What’s Your Archetype? – In popular fiction, there are eight basic archetypes. In this section, we’ll explore them and which ones your character may fit into.

Section 6: Tell Me Your Secrets – Often your protagonists’ secrets are the most important aspects of your characters’ journey. In this section, we’ll discuss some characters from popular culture and their secrets, and how those secrets impacted the story. We’ll also discuss the types of secrets you could give your characters.

Is the Building Character writing course right for you?

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Register for Building Character if:

    • You’re interested in writing genre fiction;
    • You want to write a novel, but you don’t know how to start;
    • You’d like to develop strong, realistic characters;
    • Your goal is to write richer, more memorable stories.

Are you ready to build strong, realistic and compelling characters?

I’ve published more than 20 novels – mysteries, romance and suspense. Each time I’ve started a new project, I’ve used these character building tools. They help me create three-dimensional characters that connect with my readers and drive my stories. The Building Character writing course is designed to help you achieve the same goals. Register today and let me help you conquer the blank page and start your storytelling journey.