Come toss rocks at your characters with me! This time it’s a good thing, so you won’t get into trouble. You still have a FEW days to sign up! I posted my first lesson late last night.
Torturing Your Characters
When To Chase Your Characters up Trees and Toss Rocks at Them
Presenter: Mary Marvella
So you have wonderful characters and a compelling story, NICE! Things are going well and you could write pages of relationship building, or show us how brilliant your villain is, or how smart your hero is, or let the detective wax clever for pages. Should you? No matter what your genre is, you need to keep things happening, up the ante, or find conflicts that are organic to the characters and the story. You could and should use your characters’ weaknesses to chase them up trees and toss rocks at them.
We will look at the kinds of conflict we can find or create for our characters. Something as simple as having the heroine cook a dish with an ingredient that makes the hero sick can get in the way of what they want. Having the detective caught in the middle of a traffic jam on the way to prevent a villain from committing a crime or escaping will keep readers worried.
Four lessons, one a week for four weeks, will allow students to explore ways to add conflicts or create road blocks that aren’t clichés and will prop up sagging middles and add depth to stories.
Students will share examples and offer suggestions for each other.