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All About Characters All Month Long They say that great characters can make up for a weak plot, but weak characters won't do anything for your book no matter how strong your plot may be. Have you read reviews that say, "I just couldn't get into the characters." If readers love your characters, they'll love your books. Isn't this what you want to hear? Dalton, "just Dalton," is a sweet-talking Texas black ops contractor equipped with a sharp mind, big muscles, an intriguing background tragedy that makes him cry over babies, and boatloads of sex appeal. … Romance fans will drool over Dalton and his fellow camo-clad helicopter-riding commandos as they look for runaways and love. (Publishers Weekly, March 14, 2011). Join award-winning author Terry Odell in September for some interactive discussions about characters you love (or love to hate), how to get to know them, what to do when they don't behave, how to make them distinctive. Share your own favorites and ideas. Topics we'll discuss: Getting to know your characters. Do character worksheets send you screaming for thi hills? We'll discuss techniques used to get to know your characters—and whether or not they're "required" before you can write. Revealing characters to your readers isn't the same as revealing it to yourself. A look at the different sorts of characters. Heroes, heroines, sidekicks. Extras, walkons and spear carriers. How can you help your readers keep them straight. The author will also share her technique for naming characters. What makes some characters memorable? Share some of your favorites and let's see what it is they've done—or haven't done—that makes them the kind of people you wish you knew. Who are the characters that you want more of when the book is over? And why? Terry Odell is our Seminar Host

  1. Wrapping Things Up

    Started by Terry Odell, September 28th, 2011 11:29 PM
    characterization, characters, quirks, sounding boards
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,647
    September 29th, 2011, 10:47 PM Go to last post
  2. Weekend Bonus #2 - The Anithero

    Started by Terry Odell, September 23rd, 2011 02:59 PM
    anti-heroes, characters, heroes
    • Replies: 4
    • Views: 1,526
    September 27th, 2011, 09:29 AM Go to last post
  3. What's in a Name?

    Started by Terry Odell, September 26th, 2011 09:24 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,183
    September 26th, 2011, 09:24 PM Go to last post
  4. Tools of the Trade

    Started by Terry Odell, September 21st, 2011 10:53 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 949
    September 21st, 2011, 10:53 PM Go to last post
  5. Characters Are Like Artichokes

    Started by Terry Odell, September 19th, 2011 10:29 PM
    cardboard characters, character layers, characters, writing
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,093
    September 19th, 2011, 10:29 PM Go to last post
  6. Character Types

    Started by Terry Odell, September 7th, 2011 11:20 PM
    all about characters, character types, terry odell
    • Replies: 5
    • Views: 1,466
    September 19th, 2011, 12:35 PM Go to last post
  7. Weekend Bonus

    Started by Terry Odell, September 16th, 2011 06:09 PM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,074
    September 16th, 2011, 06:09 PM Go to last post
  8. Give Them Choices

    Started by Terry Odell, September 14th, 2011 11:25 PM
    • Replies: 2
    • Views: 1,223
    September 15th, 2011, 10:45 AM Go to last post
  9. Characters We Love

    Started by Terry Odell, September 13th, 2011 09:13 AM
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,207
    September 13th, 2011, 09:13 AM Go to last post
  10. Central Characters

    Started by Terry Odell, September 6th, 2011 09:03 AM
    all about characters, central characters, descriptions, terry odell
    • Replies: 0
    • Views: 1,221
    September 6th, 2011, 09:03 AM Go to last post

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