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Classes - Writing for characterization - bringing your people to life in your work.

Starting May 1st and running for 7 consecutive weeks Ron will be leading classes on character building for Novels at the Dewitt Community Library. 

Ron has been writing for 30 years and and has learned a thing or two on how to bring characters to life on the page and making your reader care about what happens to them. 

Classes are aimed at emerging intermediate writers and will involve  discussions on the work and applying what we learn to our writing tool boxes. For more information contact Ron at 




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Creating foundations for memorable Characters

Understanding the main character’s goals, motivations and conflicts, are critical. By digging down deep into their characters flaws and strengths authors create people their readers can identify with, care about and root for.

Whether the story is character or plot driven the character(s) will define its success. If the characters are flat , the reader will put the book down and may never come back to it, regardless of how intriguing the plot is. 

Characters are people, and people reveal themselves over time. It’s a simple fact that you can’t know everything about someone at first glance or for that fact, a character, up front. Only when the author is eyeballs deep in their novel do they really begin to understand who they are, and because of that they often find themselves re-evaluating some of the things they had planned on having their characters do and also what they plan on doing to them.

If the author bounces around, picking names, occupations, jobs, etc. out of thin air their characters could likely feel helter-skelter and hard to get to know. Taking the time to choose the hero/heroine and antagonist’s attributes is important because it brings authenticity to them. 


Tools I use when approaching a project that might be useful to you - or not

1. My first suggestion is to get yourself a journal at your local bookstore. In this journal you are going to introduce yourself to your hero and heroine and your antagonist. Like anyone we meet, we don’t know everything about them up front. People (your characters) reveal themselves little by little, like peeling an onion. With every layer we remove we get closer to the heart of who they really are: what their goals, their fears, and their dreams are. So get familiar with them and a way to do that is to record your hero/heroine/antagonist’s deepest thoughts and beliefs about the things you’re going to subject them to. The advantage to this is two fold, 

a. one you can use what you write here directly in your WIP if it makes sense to you, and 

b. two, it will mitigate to a great extent your characters hijacking your plot. By hijacking, I mean, your characters resisting what you are asking them to do - sometimes it’s outright mutiny. And you know when that’s happening. You’re writing the scene and no matter how you draft it, you sense something is wrong but you don’t know why. So you either force the scene (which will be telling to the reader) or you go all the way back and fix everything you’ve written to make it right. You don’t want to do that! 

Last of all - let your pantser side out with free rein, recording your characters thoughts and feelings in pen. I suggest using a pen because you don’t want to be tempted to erase and self edit in a journal. Get as sloppy as you want. Then after you’ve finished writing your character's thoughts, sit back and read what you wrote aloud. What is your character telling you?