Monday, 26 September 2011

RWA workshop 1: Creating 3D characters

Creating Three-Dimensional Characters
This workshop was given by NYT bestselling author Cherry Adair and was an absolute hoot, as well as being thought-provoking and educational.  I had to stop and scribble things down while I was listening, which was a bit tricky, because I was on a train.  I also embarrassed myself in front of the other passengers on the 10:35 to London Victoria by laughing out loud a couple of times.

I've never read one of Cherry's books, but after hearing her speak I am off to order one.  I mean, how could I not? This woman loves colour-coding just as much as I do!

My fave bits:
  • Know what your character is afraid of. (Now, does this sound familiar to anyone who was reading my New Voices workshop notes?  Good!)
  • Know what your character is proud of.
  • Know what your character's superpower is! (Their unique, particular talent)
  • Know what your character's kryptonite is!  (And then expose them to it! Also, sounding familiar? Good!)
If you want to hear it for yourself, you can find it here. (And I promise no one is paying me to talk about these workshops - I just like sharing good nuggets of writing wisdom!)

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