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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.

Television-The curse of the DVR

Back in the day you watched what was on tv and if you missed a show well you missed a show. Then came the vcr and our minds were blown away. The years were magical we were living in the new age. Then came the dvd and the ability to record on this new technology  blew vcrs out of the water(I still own a vcr). But the latest that has made me chained to my television set has been the digital video recorder or dvr. Shows I have always missed were now available.

How do I know I am addicted? I asked a friend what she watched. Upon her asking me in return I made a list.

Monday: House, Hawaii 5-0, Lying Game,

Tuesday: NCIS Los Angles, Ringer

Wednesday: The Middle, Suburgatory, Modern Family, American Horror Story, Law & Order UK, Ultimate Fighter, Twisted, Inside the NFL, Whitechapel

Thursday: Person Of Interest

Friday: A Gifted Man, Nikita, Supernatural,Grimm. NFL Kickoff

Saturday: Bedlam

Sunday: Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead, Dexter, Homeland, IRT Deadliest Roads

If my football team is playing then that will be included as well as any other sport I follow.  Any show on Discovery ID is thrown in here. I am sure I missed a lot more. Also there are the shows that are in hiatus.

It is a blessing and a curse. I rarely miss a show. But on the other hand I record just about everything and anything I might have an interest in. My tastes are far and wide so one never knows what will end up on the machine.  Yes that is a lot of shows that are going on right now. I am a product of my environment , as we all are.  I have come a long way from the 3 channels that our television had in the 70’s. Two of the channels were in French. Cable tv, vcrs, and now the dvr has made a huge impact on what we see and interpret on that boxed screen. Yes I need to cut down a bit even when there are so many choices out there for me to explore.