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Re: Character-Workshop Lesson 7 Carolan

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Thanks, Carolan, I understand life, career, and family constraints so well. I’m glad you will be able to use this material as you have time to work on your writing. If you have any questions later on, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best of luck,

Carol

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

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From: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io [mailto:STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io] On Behalf Of Carolan Sweet
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Subject: Re: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character-Workshop Lesson 7 Carolan

 

Hi Carol,

 

I want to apologize for not keeping up with your assignments. I never realized how much work goes into creating a character. These materials are wonderful, but between teaching and family I realize trying to write during the school year is too much for me. I will put this all to use during my summer vacation when I have more breathing space.

 

I want to thank you a wonderful course.

 

Carolan

 

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Re: Character-Workshop Lesson 7 Carolan

Carolan Sweet <sweetwriter@...>
 

Hi Carol,

 

I want to apologize for not keeping up with your assignments. I never realized how much work goes into creating a character. These materials are wonderful, but between teaching and family I realize trying to write during the school year is too much for me. I will put this all to use during my summer vacation when I have more breathing space.

 

I want to thank you a wonderful course.

 

Carolan

 

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Character-Workshop Lesson 7

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics© Lesson 7

By Carol Henry

 

LESSON 7: Character’s story goal,’ and last minute considerations

 

In this lesson we’re going to delve into what your character wants—your character’s story goal; and what in his/her background (that you’ve established over the course of this class) motivates him/her to work toward that goal?  Below are a few additional, last minute helpful hints to get you’re thought process going.

 

Characters should have at least one or more of the following STRENGTHS—we all have strengths that make us who we are—what makes us root for your character?

•           Courage

•           Virtue

•           Likeability

•           Competence

•           Consideration

•           Humor

•           Loyalty

•           Fairness

•           Kindness

•           Ingenuity

•           Tolerance

•           Discretion

•           Generosity

•           Adaptability

•           Others?

 

Characters should also have at least one or more WEAKNESSES—we’re not all perfect. What gets your character into trouble, causes conflict? What traits do they overcome?

•           Envy

•           Greed

•           Vanity

•           Laziness

•           Arrogance

•           Insecurity

•           Narcissism

•           Intolerance

•           Selfishness

•           Conceitedness

•           False pride

•           Others?

 

 

How does your character react to others? The suggestions below are rather repetitive, but you need to really think about your character and how they do or don’t get along (react) to others in your story. Here are a few suggestions to consider—are they:

•           Strong

•           Jealous

•           Weak

•           Sympathetic

•           Afraid

•           Devious

•           Criminal

•           Secretive

•           Helpful

•           Caring

•           Supportive

•           Others

 

As for your character’s story goal, what does he/she want (desire) to accomplish by the end of their story? Is it one of the following:

•           Possession of: a person, object, information, something tangible?

•           Relief from: fear, pain, sadness, loneliness, domination, oppression, something from within?

•           Or is it a quest? Something they want to accomplish?

•           Other?

 

And a few final considerations before you wrap up your compelling characters. What are their preferences on the following:

•           Attitude toward sex, love, marriage

•           Philosophy for life in general

•           Are your characters ruled by logic? Emotion? Other?

 

Tip of the Day:

•           The Character Arc is the character’s transformation over the course of the story—his/her growth from the person he/she started out to be in the beginning of the story, to the person he/she becomes at the end of the story—also referred to as your character’s “growth.”

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 7:  And so using all the wonderful character development ‘beyond the basics’ that you’ve been working on this month it’s time to identify why your character wants to obtain his/her goal? What is it in their background that motivates them to strive to achieve their goal? What conflict(s) keep them from obtaining their goals? Review your character’s description that you’ve created in this class. Have you developed a more compelling, ‘real’ character? A character that has goals motivated by their background ‘Beyond the Basics” suggestions? Both internally and externally?

 

Note: There is still time for last minute considerations, questions, and homework review. The class will end on Wednesday, but I’ll be available through the end of the week. Good luck with your character developments, and novels.

 

 

Carol Henry

•           Nothing Short of a Miracle #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance 2018; (#5 Preditors & Editors Readers’s Poll Best Romance Novel 2013)

•           Breakfast With Santa—(#6 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Best Romance Novel 2015)

•           Juelle’s Legacy (#5 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Best Romance Novel 2014)

•           Cairo Connection (#2 Preditors & Editors; Readers Poll Best Romance Novel 2018), Rio Connection; Shanghai Connection, (#2 Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll Best Romance Novel 2012); Amazon Connection—Romantic Suspense Series

•           Ribbons of Steel—1877 Historic Family Saga

 

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Character-Workshop Lesson 6

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics© Lesson 6

By Carol Henry

 

LESSON 6: Character’s Career.

 

In this lesson we’re going to delve into your character’s current employment/career. It might not seem like a very detailed segment, but your adult characters spend most of their time at work, and this can reflect on who they are, how they interact with others on a daily basis, and where you can get a lot of External Conflict. So, there are a few things that we’ll need to know about them, and how they interact with others.

 

WORK/CAREER/COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:

•           What is his/her work history?

•           What does your character do for a living?  Work up a job description/resume.

•           Where does your character work—in an office or at home? In a city, town, country, etc.; location; name of company?

•           How does your character get to work each day? Subway, walk, drive, train, plane, etc.?

•           Does your character travel cross country or around the globe for work? Where?

•           Who are his/her co-workers?

•           Is he/she a CEO? Is he/she an elected official? Work for the government, a university, a restaurant—waitress/owner? A vet, a zookeeper, maid, etc.

•           Who does he/she report to? Who reports to him/her?

•           Who are his/her strongest allies?

•           Who are his/her rivals?

•           Does your character like his/her job? What would they rather be doing?

•           How did they get this job?

•           What kind of work ethics does your character have—reliable, doesn’t follow through, expects others to follow, is a leader, a role model, etc.?

•           Perhaps your character doesn’t work/have a career, but is involved in community events, some of the same questions above might apply.

 

Tip of the Day: For those of you who have worked outside the home, you know you can be two separate people—the one who deals with people in the workplace all day, every day, and the one who can relax when the day is done and they are home in their own private world. And maybe a third personality—the one who is also a parent trying to hold down a job, a home, and a child.

If you’ve given your character a career that you aren’t familiar with, don’t worry, you can find out all you need to know about any job on the internet. As we all know, there is a ton of readily available information out there. Or, you can interview someone who holds that position.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 6: In working with your character’s career/job/community involvement questions listed above, delve into your characters’ everyday life. See if you can find issues that they have to deal with—conflicts (internal or external) that they face on a daily basis, and how they overcome them. Their jobs/careers can be simple or complex, only you (and your characters) can decide how involved in the workplace they need to be for your story.  And as I’ve stated earlier, we can glean ideas for both Internal and External Conflicts, and what motivates your characters to respond the way they need to in your story. Don’t worry if their career/jobs aren’t a big part of your story, but be aware that if they are working and come home, or have to attend a function where they interact with others after hours, they most likely will be tired and over-emotional one way or the other over something that happened at the office, and therefore might not be very good company.  Or, depending on your character, they would be ready to let loose and raise a little hell and head to the local bar. It all depends on your character. What kind of character is yours?

 

Note: Lesson 7: Our final lesson will focus on your character’s story goal, and a general wrap-up of class. Questions? Ask away 

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Character-Workshop Lesson 5

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics© Lesson 5

By Carol Henry

 

LESSON 5: Character’s background—education and personal/private life.

 

In this lesson we’re going to delve into your character’s teenage years to young adult.

 

EDUCATION:

•           Where did your character go to high school?

•           What extracurricular activities did they participate in—sports, band, chorus, etc.?

•           Did they win awards?

•           What high school friends/enemies did they interact with?

•           Did your hero/heroine meet in high school? And how does this impact on your story?

•           Did your character go to college? If so, where?

•           What collegiate extracurricular activities did they participate in—sports, band, chorus, etc.? Did they win awards?

•           What college friends/enemies did they interact with?

•           Did your hero/heroine meet in college? And how does this impact your story?

•           Did he/she do graduate work? Earn a MS or PhD?

•           Was your character a work-study student? Worked his/her way through college? Or get a free ride (scholarship)?

•           Did he/she receive any other kind of job/career training in addition to or other than college?

•           Perhaps your character attended a training school, or was self-taught?

 

PERSONAL/PRIVATE LIFE--CURRENT:

•           Where does your character currently live (city, town, country) in a house, an apartment, co-op, or a condo?

•           What state, city, town and section of the community does he/she live?

•           Describe the community—is it a small cozy neighborhood, or a hive of activity and diversity.

•           How does your character react to his/her surroundings?

•           Is he/she there by choice? Job? Family?

•           Where would he/she rather live?

•           Does your character have hobbies? Interests? (does he/she like to listen to music, hike, skydive, paint, write, etc.

•           Is your character an animal lover, an outdoorsman/woman, traveler, historian, etc.?

•           What causes do you characters champion?

 

Tip of the Day: We are starting to see ways in which your character’s Internal Conflicts are forming that may cause stumbling blocks that hold your character back from achieving his/her goal. Identifying these now will give you an idea of what ‘motivates’ your character to act and react the way he/she does.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 5: In working with your character’s education and personal/private life criteria listed above, delve into your characters’ life as they’ve gone through the transition of teenager to adulthood. What might have happened that still resonates with him/her and makes them react the way they do to situations they might run into during the course of their story. We’re continuing to build a stronger character who can withstand (or not) whatever comes his/her way in your story. So, using the suggestions above, create your character’s educational and growing years, and what makes him/her into the wonderful (or not so nice) person they are becoming today. Feel free to share when you’re ready.

 

Note: Lesson 6 will focus on your character’s career, if they have one, (as defined by the era in which they are living) and how it might play into your story line.

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Character-Workshop Lesson 4 - Reply - JamieBJ

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

 

Jamie, again a lot of good ‘stuff’ to build your story around.

 

Abigail Faith Lucas Madison, it is! If the name works for both you and Abigail, it’s a winner.

 

Digging deeper we find a bit more about what makes Abigail tick.  Especially her early childhood, her mother’s death, and her guilt in the part she feels she played. I can understand her not letting people get close to her emotionally after all she’s seen, (her PTSD), but after reading your Lesson Three, where her nervous energy, and winning an eye contest or two led me to believe she was a bit of a prankster , you mention in this lesson that she has become more withdrawn and quiet after the death of her mother—a conflict within herself it seems. Which, she does she overcome, or does it plays havoc throughout the story?  It might do her well when she goes to England and has to become very prim and proper in daily society, but will we see sparks of that inner child (her real self) crying to come out?  It will be interesting to see which one wins as the story unfolds.

 

Did I miss what fatal sudden disease killed her husband?

 

Lots and lots of interesting facts to work around in your story.

 

Excellent job!

 

Carol

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Character-Workshop Lesson 3- Reply- Jamie

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Jamie,

 

a lot of thought went into your character’s personality. It will give you a lot to work with as she interacts, and reacts with the other characters in your story. I love your description “Abigail tends to look like she’s about ready to come out of her seat,” a description I know well, as I tend to sit at the edge of my seat most of the time. That ‘restless energy’ is very telling. I also like your description “if keeping eye contact were a game of “chicken,” Abigail would win every time.  This really gives us a strong idea of her personality, and how she responds to people or at least how she goes about making them uncomfortable. As far as her not understanding why, my feeling is I think she really knows, but doesn’t want to admit it to herself that she can be off-putting. J

 

The other thing that I think needs a bit more description here would be to elaborate on her ‘more up-to-date clothes.’  I checked your lesson two, where you described some of her ‘rare occasion’ dress habits, but what are her new clothes like? Especially, now that she’s in England and needs to act more refined. Because of the time-era, you’ll need to be more descriptive. (you don’t need to reply to me on this, unless you want to).

 

Overall, a well-done lesson.

Carol

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Lesson 4 - Name, Background, Important Event - JamieBJ

jbrydonejack@...
 

Name: Her full name is Abigail Faith Lucas Madison; her parents were Nathaniel and Grace Lucas; Grace named her after her very good friend. In her late teens, she married Dr. Madison. I specifically chose her name because it sounded very much to my ear like a name for a Revolutionary War era woman. I’ve lived with this name rattling around in my head for a long time, and her name IS her to me.

Early Childhood/Background: She was born in Boston, but the family moved out of the city limits as the war heated up. Her father wanted to keep them safe and be sure that he had unimpeded access to his work. Her father is a professor at Harvard, the chair for mathematics and natural philosophy. H is very learned, very patient, and kind-hearted; he doesn’t side directly with either patriots or loyalists in the war. He has 5 daughters to protect, so he doesn’t want to do anything to upset either side; plus as an academic, he can see both sides. Abigail is #4 daughter of 5. Her closest friends are her sisters, though other girls who live nearby are also friends of the family. All of the girls do well making their own amusements; for instance, since it is hard to get new sheet music from the continent, they have great fun improvising on the same set of sheet music over and over. Abigail is bright and inquisitive; her mother is her first teacher, and her father takes over her informal education when Grace is killed. Nathaniel encourages Abigail to study what interests her and is secretly pleased to see his daughter take an interest in the very unladylike topics that he teaches. Abigail is especially close to her father because of this. Abigail’s personality did change after her mother’s death; she became more withdrawn and quiet.

Character-Forming Incident: She only has a few memories of her mother, as her mother was killed when Abigail was 7 or 8. In fact, it was a defining moment of her young life. Soldiers had been moving in the roads near their home. Mother and Father determined this to be dangerous and so set about gathering the children inside. Abigail was playing in the barn with her sister but becomes petrified when she hears the sounds of the fife and drum. (I took this from some family notes about a distant GGF doing something similar when he was 10 years old.) Her younger sister runs out of the barn when their parents call them to the house, but Abigail can’t bring herself to move at first because she is so scared. She sees her mother hit by a bullet as she tries bring the recalcitrant youngest sister to the house. Abigail carries guilt for this because she was the one who had convinced her sister to play outside with her that day. Because of this and other incidents that happened in the war, Abigail has what we would call PTSD today, which can strike her suddenly in the current storyline. (Let’s say she doesn’t do well when seeing masses of redcoats.) Further, on an unconscious level, this has made Abigail fear forming lasting relationships; those she has loved have been taken from her without rhyme or reason. (Mother from a stray bullet, husband from a fatal, sudden disease.) While friendly to those outside her family, she doesn’t people actually get close to her emotionally.

--
Jamie BJ
http://www.jamiebjcooks.com
https://read-edit-write.com

Lesson 3- Speech, Mannerisms, and Personality - Jamie

jbrydonejack@...
 

Abigail Madison

Speech: Abigail’s speech is refined and controlled most of the time (befitting a daughter of a university professor), but not always; when she is flustered, the first thing in her head tends to pop out. She does have a catchphrase; when something amuses or surprises her, her go-to phrase is, “Merciful heavens.” This was consciously cultivated, knowing that she could spontaneously say worse things (as mentioned in the previous sentence). She has a 1770s Boston accent, tinged slightly with traces of the Derbyshire roots of her parents.

Mannerisms: Even when sitting, Abigail tends to look like she’s about ready to come out of her seat; she has a restless energy which makes her prefer to do things rather than sit or be waited upon. When in England, she tends to move and sit awkwardly after she gets her new, more up-to-date clothes; she just is not comfortable in them, and her manner shows that. She can sit still if she is actively engaged in an activity, like copying over music sheets for her young friends or reading a book. Being a foreigner in a formal society, she almost goes overboard in trying to appear proper when eating or following rules of society, but some persnickety other characters still can be harsh in their judgment. After a bit--since the detractors will be unkind anyway--she loosens up and allows more of her natural personality to come through, in part evidenced by a more relaxed posture. She tends to look people directly in the eye and hold a gaze longer than most women of the times or of her class; this can make other people uncomfortable (but Abigail doesn’t understand why). If keeping eye contact were a game of “chicken,” Abigail would win every time. She appears earnest to others but not unkind.

Personality: She doesn’t see herself as courageous or anything special whatsoever. But in her past, she had to be strong, independent, and courageous; she’s just a little bit rusty using these facets of her personality. Since her husband's death, she has simply defined herself as the dutiful daughter taking care of her aging father, who is still a professor.

--
Jamie BJ
http://www.jamiebjcooks.com

Character Lesson 4 Homework

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

I have a busy scheduled tomorrow, so am sending you Lesson 4 early.  If you have any questions on either Lesson 3 or 4, let me know.

 

Carol

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Re: Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

The story takes place in Yuma, AZ at the training center out there. Under the guise of training they're tracking a killer of SEALs.

kcr2696439@...
Kathy Crouch writing as CK Crouch
https://ckcrouch.com/
Romance Tangled up with Suspense



-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
To: STAR-Character-Workshop <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Feb 12, 2019 6:41 pm
Subject: Re: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

 
We’re kind of a military family, and my youngest son was in the Air Force and now the Air National Guard and has been deployed to those desert areas on occasion J So I was almost certain you were referring to the desert camouflage.
 
Carol Henry
Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures
Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll
Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance
 
From: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io [mailto:STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io] On Behalf Of Kathy via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:29 PM
To: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io
Subject: Re: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy
 
Yes generally the SEALs were desert camouflage, sometimes depending they may wear one more green, or even white for training in snow. 
kcr2696439@...
Kathy Crouch writing as CK Crouch
https://ckcrouch.com/
Romance Tangled up with Suspense
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
To: STAR-Character-Workshop <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Feb 12, 2019 10:23 am
Subject: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy
Hi, Kathy, Wow, this tells me a lot about Jake, as well as leading up to some of his internal/external emotions, and possible conflicts, and his goals, one of which is to make it to his 20 years so he can retire in one piece J  The Dear John Letter can also play into his emotional hang-ups as far as relationships are concerned. Can I assume that his ‘cammies’ are more the desert-colored, and not the typical greens?  Again, I’m assuming location of his current deployment J
 
Thanks for sharing. I have a better picture of Jake as we piece his character together.
 
Carol
 
Carol Henry
Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures
Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll
Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance
 

Re: Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

 

We’re kind of a military family, and my youngest son was in the Air Force and now the Air National Guard and has been deployed to those desert areas on occasion J So I was almost certain you were referring to the desert camouflage.

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

carolhenry@...; http://www.carolhenry.org

 

From: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io [mailto:STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io] On Behalf Of Kathy via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:29 PM
To: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io
Subject: Re: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

 

Yes generally the SEALs were desert camouflage, sometimes depending they may wear one more green, or even white for training in snow. 

kcr2696439@...
Kathy Crouch writing as CK Crouch
https://ckcrouch.com/
Romance Tangled up with Suspense

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
To: STAR-Character-Workshop <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Feb 12, 2019 10:23 am
Subject: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Hi, Kathy, Wow, this tells me a lot about Jake, as well as leading up to some of his internal/external emotions, and possible conflicts, and his goals, one of which is to make it to his 20 years so he can retire in one piece J  The Dear John Letter can also play into his emotional hang-ups as far as relationships are concerned. Can I assume that his ‘cammies’ are more the desert-colored, and not the typical greens?  Again, I’m assuming location of his current deployment J

 

Thanks for sharing. I have a better picture of Jake as we piece his character together.

 

Carol

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

 

Re: Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

Yes generally the SEALs were desert camouflage, sometimes depending they may wear one more green, or even white for training in snow. 

kcr2696439@...
Kathy Crouch writing as CK Crouch
https://ckcrouch.com/
Romance Tangled up with Suspense



-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
To: STAR-Character-Workshop <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Feb 12, 2019 10:23 am
Subject: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Hi, Kathy, Wow, this tells me a lot about Jake, as well as leading up to some of his internal/external emotions, and possible conflicts, and his goals, one of which is to make it to his 20 years so he can retire in one piece J  The Dear John Letter can also play into his emotional hang-ups as far as relationships are concerned. Can I assume that his ‘cammies’ are more the desert-colored, and not the typical greens?  Again, I’m assuming location of his current deployment J
 
Thanks for sharing. I have a better picture of Jake as we piece his character together.
 
Carol
 
Carol Henry
Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures
Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll
Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance
 

Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback 2 Kathy

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Hi, Kathy, Wow, this tells me a lot about Jake, as well as leading up to some of his internal/external emotions, and possible conflicts, and his goals, one of which is to make it to his 20 years so he can retire in one piece J  The Dear John Letter can also play into his emotional hang-ups as far as relationships are concerned. Can I assume that his ‘cammies’ are more the desert-colored, and not the typical greens?  Again, I’m assuming location of his current deployment J

 

Thanks for sharing. I have a better picture of Jake as we piece his character together.

 

Carol

 

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Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Lesson 2 Homework-Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

I thought of some more things about Jake. He has laugh lines around his eyes. He wears sunglasses some of the time. He's tanned from living in San Diego and swimming in the ocean. 

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Re: Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback -Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

Jake has scars a particularly nasty one from a recent knife wound from his last deployment where he almost lost his life.
When he's off duty he wears button fly jeans and either t-shirt or a polo shirt. 
When he's on duty he wears "cammies" which is his camouflage uniform with tan boots that are tactical ones that are issued by the military. He tends to wear the same type of boot off duty.
Off the rack, he tends to wear dark colored shirts. 
His hair is a short military haircut. Not buzz, but close to the head.
He's originally from Texas, hopes to make it to retirement (20 years) he's about halfway there with 9.5 years in the Navy. Entered at 18 went through basic then BUD/S training. He's Lead Petty Officer (E-6) in charge of his team/platoon. 
Never married, was engaged, she sent him a "Dear John" email saying his long absences, being stationed in San Diego so far from Texas wasn't what she wanted. 
Now, he's met another woman at a critical time in his career.  

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Romance Tangled up with Suspense




Character Lesson 2 Homework feedback -Kathy

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Hi, Kathy, for purposes of this class I’ll be helping you with Jake Weston’s Character—the Hero.  It’s great you’ve already got your other characters assigned a role in relation to Jake.

 

So, we need to see more of what Jake actually looks like. Other than knowing he’s white Anglo Saxon (?), and that his brows are sparse, he’s lean and well-muscled, we need to know a bit more.  How is his sun-streaked brown hair styled? He may be a NAVY Seal, but we need to know how he dresses on and off the job. 

 

I know sometimes these are hard to wrap your head around before you get started writing, but check out the individual points I listed at the bottom of Lesson Two again, and see if you can come up with a few more descriptive details for Jake that will give us a better sense of what he looks like. What he actually wears on the job might be indicative of his on duty location—is he dressed for undercover work, and if so, what does that require him to look like—what all is part of his uniform? Again, his work location might have him wearing a beard, dressed mostly in black for night time recon purposes. Of course he might be all over the place globally, but for this story, you need to pinpoint his location and what he wears.  Anyway, I’m sure you’re getting my point.

 

So, feel free to look at Lesson Two again and fill in a few more details. It’s up to you whether or not  you’d like to have me look at Lesson Two again. In any case, don’t get discouraged, sometimes it takes plotting (or even writing) a few more scenes of your story until you get a good ‘feel’ for your characters so they can be who they need to be in your story.

 

I look foreword to finding out more about Jake as the class continues,

 

Carol

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Character Development Lesson Three

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics©  Lesson Three

By Carol Henry

 

 

First a reminder:  After reading through everyone’s Lesson Two, I was amazed at what several of you came up with, however, there are a couple of things to take note of:

•           Describe, describe, describe—get those descriptions down; now is not the time to generalize your character’s visual ‘looks’—be exact, over the top, so you can refer to this later when you’re writing or re-writing that scene and you need to know what they actually ‘look’ like.

•           You need to be more specific than referring to a character look-alike—we don’t see the look-alike person in the book—need to add more descriptive features. Remember, you might know who your character looks like, but your reader might not know that person in real life to identify with--your readers needs to ‘see’ what he/she looks like.

 

 

LESSON 3: Mannerisms, Speech Patterns, and Personalities

 

Do you stereotype your characters, or do they have their own distinctive mannerisms, speech patterns, and personalities?  These character traits can be indicative of their country of origin, religious upbringing, political views, ethnicity, and time period in which the story takes place (we’ll touch on this later in the class). To make sure your characters aren’t just cardboard characters, here are a few things to consider when giving your character life—how they move around in your story:

 

SPEECH:

•           Do your characters use the same words/phrases over and over, do they use slang, or are they eloquent and ‘refined’?

•           Do they have a distinctive speech pattern?

•           Do they use certain words repeatedly?

•           Do they have an accent?

•           Do they stutter or use clichés?

•           Is their speech indicative of being well educated; are their words controlled?

•           Do they run off at the mouth? (supporting characters like Marybelle, in my novel Ribbons of Steel, was just such a supporting character, a cousin to the heroine, who added a spark of humor to the story, as well as moved the story line forward). Do you know a real-life character like this?

 

MANNERISMS:

•           How do your characters ‘move’ around in your story? How do they sit, stand, eat, laugh, argue, show patience, or even walk through a scene?

•           Do they walk fast, slow, sway, hip movements, swagger?

•           What do they do when talking? Stand on one foot, lean against something, hold their back and head forward, sideways, uptight, look at the ground, look at the person they’re talking to, or over their shoulder avoiding eye contact?

•           Same with sitting, do they cross their legs, sit up straight, lounge, are they relaxed, uptight (might depend on the scene)?

•           Do your characters get excited easily, overly excited, laugh a lot, or are they controlled, subdued, frown, are slow to respond and have slow or quick movements? Do they meet other’s eyes, or shy away?

•           Does this person have a nervous habit, hand movements, twitch, comb hand through hair, etc.?

•           What is it about your character(s) that make them stand out from the others?

 

PERSONALITY: is your character:

•           Courageous

•           Virtuous

•           Likeable

•           Competent

•           Sly

•           A liar

•           A cheat

•           A control freak

•           Trustworthy

•           Has trust issues

 

The list here is endless, depending on what is needed for your individual characters and the story—see what you can come up with.

 

Tips of the Day:

•           Each of your characters should not have the same mannerisms, words, speech, and their personalities, although they can be similar, they should differ enough to make them more individualistic, realistic, and interesting (good or bad) to the others in your story.

•           Make sure speech patterns are used during the time period your story takes place.

•           Each character should have their ‘own’ speech pattern and ‘words’ that they use repeatedly throughout the story.

•           Become a ‘people watcher’ to hone in on real-life mannerisms, speech and personalities.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 3: Using the above criteria, find and describe your character’s specific mannerisms, speech, and personality traits. Feel free to share with the class.

 

Note: Lesson 4 will start to focus on your character’s background—where do your characters come from?

 

 

Carol Henry

Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures

Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll

Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance

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Re: Lesson One Homework Response-Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

Thanks Carol, I've been working on this since 2012. 

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Romance Tangled up with Suspense



-----Original Message-----
From: Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
To: STAR-Character-Workshop <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 6:50 pm
Subject: [STAR-Character-Workshop] Lesson One Homework Response-Kathy

Hi, Kathy,
It’s good to see that not only do you have a basic description of your character, Jake Weston, but you already know he’s a Navy SEAL, and have pictured him as Viggo Mortensen. We’ll talk more about picturing your characters as a celebrity, or other well-known character, as the class continues. It’s always a great place to start.  I look forward to learning more about him in Lesson Two.
 
Carol
 
Carol Henry
Destination: Romance—Exotic Romantic Suspense Adventures
Cairo Connection: #2 Best Romance Novel 2018 Preditors and Editor’s Reader’s Poll
Nothing Short of a Miracle: #1 Best Seller Amazon Encore Holiday Romance