In this Story Works Fiction mini course, we'll explore character development from the very beginning, the blank page. We get to know our characters the same way we get to know real people. From the outside in. It all begins with traits, those identifiable characteristics and qualities we use to identify and qualify each other.
As writers, we get to define our characters, building them from the blank page up. That's exciting, but it can be a daunting task. In this course, we'll break it down from the very beginning. The material is straightforward and may even seem simple. But simple can be powerful, especially when you understand how to work with it.
Any time you sit down to write a new character, start here. You'll have a real person ready to write into your plot in no time...and that's when the fun begins!
Alida has been writing her entire life and teaching for over a decade, from high school to graduate level courses with lots of writing workshops both online and in person. She is the author of the Story Works Guide to Writing Fiction Series, A Stone's Throw, The Skoghall Mystery Series, and numerous short stories. When she's not writing or teaching, you can spot her around Minneapolis on her bike, in her kayak, or being walked by her golden retriever.