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Why do some characters feel more authentic and compelling than others?
How do writers find the inspiration for their fictional people, and how do they make them ‘come to life’?
What are some of the methods writers use to create the people in their fictional worlds?
Characters are the beings who populate and drive a story. Not all stories are necessarily character driven, nor do they need to be – however, creating rich, three-dimensional, believable characters is often the key that will allow readers to connect with your writing. By the end of this session, students should have an understanding of the process writers undertake in order to create their fictional people. They will have the outline of a character profile, and an introductory piece of writing that can form the basis of a longer piece of creative fiction.
I am both a writer and in-house editor, so have insight into publication from both sides of the process. My aim is to show budding writers that the words they put down on a page are only a starting point. Refining, polishing and perfecting your work is long, messy and sometimes arduous – but nothing […]
As someone who left high school with a love of books but a belief that writing was something that only ‘other’ people could do, I am passionate about encouraging young people from all backgrounds to pursue their creative interests. All creative people, no matter how accomplished or renowned, experience moments of fierce doubt when it […]