Monday, May 24, 2010

Master the Art! LDStorymakers 2010 Pt 5

I looked forward to Jeff Savage's Character Bible class and it was Awesome! There was so much info that I'll only hit the highlights here:

A character bible tracks minor things like hair and eye color, name and spelling, motivation, growth, background, etc.

The more you elevate a character, the more the reader expects to see them in your book. Anything past a physical description will elevate the character.

Each character will have their own story and character arc.

Jeff had us partner up and interview each other about out protagonist, like age, defining moment, how other characters view your protagonist, etc. The questions help create complexity.

Then we delved into our antagonist with the same questions.

Now, do I have a clear main character and do I like her? Does she have flaws? What will she learn?

My character mist be growing or regressing at all times. We will judge them by their decisions not just their actions.

My homework this weekend is to use Jeff's class notes to deepen my characters.
I don't know if I can wait! It gets me excited!


Angie said...

Sounds terrific. Have fun with it!

Jaime Theler said...

That's one of the classes I wish I could have made. I'm so glad you're excited with what you learned! I expect great stuff next critique group. :)