Tag: Creating Characters


The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch

I apologize for the late posting:  I thought I’d already posted this and the remainder of Swain’s chapters.  My bad!  See you tonight. 6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch – How Do You Make a Character Amusing? Humor is a difficult task for most of us.  Even so, we certainly understand humor.  We laugh, don’t we?  In fact, we may understand more about humor than we realize, for if we can make ourselves laugh, we can sure make others find amusement and surprise in our stories. Tonight we’ll investigate Swain’s tips for how to trigger reader assumptions with surprise. Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at […]


The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles

Update:  As we have eight more chapters to go and I’d like to finish Swain’s Creating Characters before the end of May, please read Chapter 9’s Wild Cards on your own before Friday.  We’ll spending the first 15-20 minutes beginning at 6 pm covering “what goes into building an offbeat character” before moving on to Chapter 10. 6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles – How Do You Treat a Hero? We would all like to create the perfect hero, one that’s enjoyable to write and memorable to our fans forever!  However, we writers sometimes forget that we’re writing stories, works of fiction, novels, even — all of which must encompass much more than our heroes.  We also forget that a hero can be completely different than what we’re used to seeing. A hero can be many things, but in all their […]


The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 1

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 1 Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Chapter 2 of Gerke’s First 50 Pages. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 1 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  I passed out the book information last week, but in case you haven’t ordered it yet, please do, and do not worry about coming empty-handed for the first night!  I’ll have some handouts on which you can take notes.  🙂 Author:  Dwight V. Swain Title:  Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People Paperback (1/16/2008):  <— This is your best bet! ISBN-10:0806139188 ISBN-13:978-0806139180 Kindle:  (11/28/2012):  Amazon ASIN:  B00AHYAVBC  <— Second best bet, preferable if you like the electronic book format. I will also be reading short […]