>You’d think this was a given, wouldn’t you? I mean, we’re the writers, the one who created our characters – why wouldn’t we know them.

But, surprisingly, it’s not as easy as I thought it would be. I completed my current WIP before I realized that I really didn’t “KNOW” my main character as well as I thought I did. It took me a few more drafts before I felt more comfortable with him.

Camy Tang is offering a characterization class on her blog. I strongly recommend everyone here sign up for it! Its starts April 5th – so you need to hurry.

Here’s what she has to say about the class: (tell me that doesn’t appeal to you after you’ve read it!)

By the end of this class, you will have:

1) a solid grasp of who your character is—and I’m not talking just favorite ice cream flavor
2) your character’s flaws and heroic qualities to make him/her truly sympathetic to the reader
3) the character’s unique qualities to make him/her stand out from all the other characters on the Barnes and Noble shelves.
4) your character’s desire and external goal (you’d be amazed at how this can change from your original ideas about your character as you dig deeper and discover who your character is!)
5) the motivation behind your character’s actions–and not something done over and over again, but something really juicy and unique that shapes your protagonist to make him/her a richer, deeper character
6) conflict and obstacles that directly impact your character’s external goal
7) the riveting climax of the story—both external events and also internal arc

You do not need to have a completed manuscript in order to use this class. Actually, it’s probably best if your manuscript is only partially completed or even just in the brainstorming stage.

Now – I signed up, and I’m so excited! I can’t wait to begin! I’ve started a new WIP and this will help me to really KNOW my characters.