Ok, well last nights cake was Lemon Drizzle….mmmmmm :)
Class was all about character, one of my favourite subjects ;)
A few things that were discussed:
Characters need to be balanced. They need to have positive and negative traits to make them believable.
What’s your characters blind spot? What can’t they see?
It doesn’t matter if you like or dislike a character – you need to understand them, and so does the reader.
Characters need to have a sense of who they are. How is their sense of self constructed? What defines them?
A character must have a past, vulnerabilities and a world view. Push them to their limits!
Someone suggested the Who Are You exercise which is apparently a recognised psychological test. I’ve never heard of it, but, the hubster has agreed to have a go with me at the weekend (I’ll report back lol). What you do is ask someone Who Are You 20 times and they have to respond with a different answer each time. Apparently the first 10 times are usually pretty easy, but after that it can get very difficult to define yourself. This test can be used on your characters :)
Have you ever tried the Who Are You Exercise?