Character Development Class Finished

Eight weeks ago I signed up for a Character Development class. I had taken this instructor before and had learned a lot from him. In the short span the following was taught:

-Character Development

-Creating Real Life Characters

-Bringing a Character to Life

-Characters creating the plot

-The Villain

-The Character/Inner Life

The last two weeks we concentrated on the story that was growing by each passing session. We had a story that had been created by groups and the overall story that as individuals we were nurturing.

By the time the class ended I had a story of over 5K words. It is in a genre that I have never truly tried before which is action and drama. Well not one of this length anyway. The critiques the class gave me on the last day when I read the WIP was favorable and I will probably when there is time, feel free to laugh here, to expand it into a novel.

This class has caused me much sorry and joy. I truly had a love hate relationship with it. There would be weeks where my teacher would say “ Yes yes you nailed it.” to “No, you missed the boat this time.”

I learned that there is so much more for me to discover. Also it showed me that there are some aspects that I am getting right. In the last eight weeks I have shared with you my class notes taken each time there was a lecture. I hope some of what was shared on this blog has helped someone along the way.

Telling him I would take this class again my instructor asked why. Simple answer really. Every time a class is taken over, I am starting at a different place with a better understanding of what I am trying to accomplish. I have never worked this hard for a writing class in my life. That is a good thing, right?

By doing so I had growth in my writing.

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Check List for Creating Characters

Creating Writing Characters Plus Check List Guide

These are my notes from week 7 of my Character Development class.

Some tips to tell how to create characters in your story. A good story has characters that are unique.

-Give names to your characters-each of them need a name and personality so one’s readers can identify with them.

-Picture how your characters look- Imagine how your character look by appearance. It could be about the clothes they wear or even the devices they use. For me I went through magazines to find my characters that said HELLO and matched what I had envision they would be if I came across them on the street.

-Create problems for your characters- Remember your characters need problems or conflicts, so it will add more meaning to your story. Show, don’t tell your reader about the threat the characters are facing or problems they may have.

-Good guys and bad guys- Protagonist/Antagonist, Hero/Villain. A good story is one that tells about the good and bad. In this way, your readers will learn about each character and it will make them want to read more of your story.

-Make your characters have friends and enemies- Your characters need both. It is in this way to make your readers feel that your character is real.

Create characters- A creative writer knows how to create characters. Each character must be unique and make readers care about them. To create good characters, you can look at your friends, anyone around or animals and nature.

-Decide your story’s viewpoint- Before you start your story, you need to decide whether you want to tell the reader everything related to your characters at once or if you want to reveal it in st ages. That is your call.

Make power words- Powerful words are very important in story-telling. Using powerful words is like having a magic wand. So think and write vividly as much as you can think of.

-Make characters speak- Make your character speak to each other or think. This will help your readers hear your characters talking and get to know them.

-Edit your story- After you finish your first story, give yourself time to rest before starting to edit. So it is easy to find mistakes in one’s story. And find out all the errors including spelling and grammar errors.

Traditional Publishing

The decision had been made for me to try get a publishing house to publish my books. I realized it is a crap shoot with today’s market and houses being more selective in what they decide to pick up.  The official Writer’s Market was purchased and I started tto work on finding those who seem to fit the books.

I have told a few people this but not many. One particular friend of mine does not seem to get it and I wonder how many are like her. When I told her it takes about 30 minutes to get one electronic submission complete she called my bluff. I did not even bother to mention how much time it takes to complete one submission that is submitted by smail.

Did you know that all the editing and revising is a waste of my time? That I should leave that for the publishers? No that is not how it is done- at least to me. If I don’t present the best possible product I can on my first try well that is a sure-fire way to get to the trash can.  Every time she ask me where am I at, the constant reply is editing, revising, submitting and writing. When she ask have I heard from a publisher yet I tell her these things take time.

It finally came to a head when she said have I tried to find publishers in the state, Ah yes I have. When she said well have you goggled it on-line for why she found over 100 publishers. Again ah yes I have.  Finally I had to just lay it out for I was getting just pissed.

In an email I wrote this:

For each publisher that I look at, the following has to be considered:

1-Are they still in business? Just because they are on-line does not mean their doors are open

2-Are they reputable?

3-Do they publish my genre and if so are they accepting submissions?

4-What are the guidelines?

5 This last one is very important. If you see the name Chris, one has to make sure you find out if

Chris is male or female. To put the wrong Mr or Ms is a sure way to get rejected.

All of this takes time and all of it has to be done per company.  I am trying to push two books right now, have two that I am revising and editing while working on three WIP.

This is all time-consuming, frustrating and down right makes one exhausted mentally, emotionally and physically. But realizing I have chosen to try traditional publishing first it has to be accepted this is what has to be done.  I just get really tired of people saying so what are you doing now? Why are you making a mountain out of a mole hole, it is not rocket science. No it is not- its torture that I have willingly inflicted on myself for I believe in my books. After all the work that was consumed in creating them, why not give them a chance?