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STAR Moderator
 

Welcome to All About Character presented by Carol Henry. Our workshop will be starting on February 4th and runs through the 28th. I am Zara West

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First Post

Now, let’s get started. Please send a brief introduction about yourself, explaining why you chose this workshop, and what you hope to achieve. Starting the exchange and getting to know each other is half the fun.

Glad to have you here.

Zara West, Workshop Moderator 
STAR Southern Tier Authors of Romance

STAR Character Workshop Welcome and Lesson One

carolhenry@...
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics©

By Carol Henry

 

INTRODUCTION AND LESSON 1: Visualize Your Character’s Outside Appearance—what do they ‘look’ like.

 

Welcome to Southern Tier Authors of Romance Online Workshop—It’s All About Character—Beyond the Basics (February 4 – 28, 2019).  My name is Carol Henry, and I’ll be your instructor for the next few weeks. I’m sure you’ve all read my bio in the On-line Workshop information, so I won’t bore you with all the major details of my writing life so far  . However, we all want to hear a bit about you, so before we get into the nitty-gritty of the workshop, please zip us an email introducing yourself so we all know who is onboard.

 

I do want to reiterate a bit about the class content and how this class will work, so bear with me for a moment…

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER goes beyond the basics of describing your characters and how each one interacts with the other(s). This class will help you discover what motivates your characters to work towards their ‘story’ goals by developing their background, upbringing, personal and private lives, where they were raised, and what is required of them in order to be the person they need to be in your story.

 

Delving into your character(s) life will help determine how they handle conflict, whether it’s external or internal. This class will help you pin-point —dare I say ‘plot points’—all the main ingredients for not only building your main characters, but their story line and how and why they interact with each other.  Depending on time, the class will discuss/share story ideas/conflict in the form of ‘What If’, and how to keep the story flowing to the end.

 

Now, a bit about how this workshop will work:

 

•           Although we will only be working on a ‘single’ character, per class participant, for the purpose of this class, you can work on others on your own. It’s up to you to decide which character you want to share with the class.

•           I will post lessons/assignments twice a week—usually Monday and Thursday in order to give you time to work on your character sketches.

•           Everyone is encouraged to share their homework, comment on each other’s assignments, and share ideas/suggests as we go along. I will give feedback when appropriate.

•           If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can either email directly to the loop (STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io ), or, if you prefer, you can email me privately at: carolhenry@... (make sure you let me know it is class related).

•           All lessons will be conducted via email using the following email address: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io   Be sure to include your name in your signature line, and when appropriate change the subject heading, so I/we know who we are talking to and what the sub-topic is.

•           Again, don’t hesitate to ask questions as we go…

 

~~~~

LESSON 1: Visualize Your Character’s Outside Appearance—what do they ‘look’ like.

 

This is the very basic first step most writers start with when identifying their characters.  It can be simple, or it can be difficult, whether it’s the Lead, Hero, Heroine, Villain, or Secondary Characters, readers will want to know what your characters look like. 

 

Characterization – the Basics:

•           Gender:

•           Name:

•           Age:

•           Hair Color:

•           Eye Color:

•           Weight – Height:

 

Tip of the Day:  Try one of the following: visualize a personality movie star, someone you know and admire (or don’t, depending on the character you’re working with at the moment), or look through magazines to find pictures of someone who resembles the character you want in your story. Remember, we are only thinking about their outside appearance for now.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 1:  Choose one of your characters that you will be working with during this class. Using the basic descriptions as outlined above, create your character’s ‘look’.  Because this is a ‘basic’ assignment, you might want to do the same for each of your other characters as we go along. Be sure to keep each character in a separate file, which will make it easier to refer to when you need reminders of what your characters look like.

 

Note: Lesson 2 will focus on beyond the visual.

 

That’s it for the today. I look forward to your welcome emails and what your characters ‘look’ like.  Have a good week.

 

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

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

 

Intro From Jamie

jbrydonejack@...
 

A writing friend of mine recommend STAR workshops to me last month, and I am very happy to be a part of this class. I am a freelance editor who also writes nonfiction. I've written fiction off and on for 30 years but more off than on since going to nursing school. (Yes, I am an RN as well, though taking a sabbatical.) Part of my New Years' resolutions includes getting back to fiction writing and rewriting...and actually get fiction published, not just nonfiction.

I'll have to think about which story of mine to focus on for this class. I've recently found some of my 30-year-old romance fiction and middle-grade action stories; they had been long lost after several moves. I also have new romance ideas. Decisions, decisions!

Jamie
http://www.jamiebjcooks.com

Re: STAR Character Workshop Welcome and Lesson One Carolan

Carolan Sweet <sweetwriter@...>
 

Hi everyone,

 

I am a newbie and just starting my first novel. It is a funny (I hope) romance between two people who think there is no one who could ever love them. I work with special education teenagers, and this is kind of my love story for them.

 

My hero is OCD and my heroine has cerebral palsy. I have no idea if this will be a popular book or not, but I am inspired by the Rosie Project.  I am thinking YA.

 

I will focus on my hero for this workshop sharing, but am working on my lead character too.

 

Characterization – the Basics:

•           Gender: Male

•           Name: No name yet – I calling him Peaky as a nickname for the moment)

•           Age: 18 High School senior getting ready to go to college

•           Hair Color: Blond

•           Eye Color: Gray

•           Weight – Height:  6 foot, thinnish maybe 170?

 

Carolan

 

 

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 


From: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io <STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io> on behalf of Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
Sent: Monday, February 4, 2019 7:22:17 AM
To: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io
Subject: [STAR-Character-Workshop] STAR Character Workshop Welcome and Lesson One
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics©

By Carol Henry

 

INTRODUCTION AND LESSON 1: Visualize Your Character’s Outside Appearance—what do they ‘look’ like.

 

Welcome to Southern Tier Authors of Romance Online Workshop—It’s All About Character—Beyond the Basics (February 4 – 28, 2019).  My name is Carol Henry, and I’ll be your instructor for the next few weeks. I’m sure you’ve all read my bio in the On-line Workshop information, so I won’t bore you with all the major details of my writing life so far  . However, we all want to hear a bit about you, so before we get into the nitty-gritty of the workshop, please zip us an email introducing yourself so we all know who is onboard.

 

I do want to reiterate a bit about the class content and how this class will work, so bear with me for a moment…

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER goes beyond the basics of describing your characters and how each one interacts with the other(s). This class will help you discover what motivates your characters to work towards their ‘story’ goals by developing their background, upbringing, personal and private lives, where they were raised, and what is required of them in order to be the person they need to be in your story.

 

Delving into your character(s) life will help determine how they handle conflict, whether it’s external or internal. This class will help you pin-point —dare I say ‘plot points’—all the main ingredients for not only building your main characters, but their story line and how and why they interact with each other.  Depending on time, the class will discuss/share story ideas/conflict in the form of ‘What If’, and how to keep the story flowing to the end.

 

Now, a bit about how this workshop will work:

 

•           Although we will only be working on a ‘single’ character, per class participant, for the purpose of this class, you can work on others on your own. It’s up to you to decide which character you want to share with the class.

•           I will post lessons/assignments twice a week—usually Monday and Thursday in order to give you time to work on your character sketches.

•           Everyone is encouraged to share their homework, comment on each other’s assignments, and share ideas/suggests as we go along. I will give feedback when appropriate.

•           If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can either email directly to the loop (STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io ), or, if you prefer, you can email me privately at: carolhenry@... (make sure you let me know it is class related).

•           All lessons will be conducted via email using the following email address: STAR-Character-Workshop@groups.io   Be sure to include your name in your signature line, and when appropriate change the subject heading, so I/we know who we are talking to and what the sub-topic is.

•           Again, don’t hesitate to ask questions as we go…

 

~~~~

LESSON 1: Visualize Your Character’s Outside Appearance—what do they ‘look’ like.

 

This is the very basic first step most writers start with when identifying their characters.  It can be simple, or it can be difficult, whether it’s the Lead, Hero, Heroine, Villain, or Secondary Characters, readers will want to know what your characters look like. 

 

Characterization – the Basics:

•           Gender:

•           Name:

•           Age:

•           Hair Color:

•           Eye Color:

•           Weight – Height:

 

Tip of the Day:  Try one of the following: visualize a personality movie star, someone you know and admire (or don’t, depending on the character you’re working with at the moment), or look through magazines to find pictures of someone who resembles the character you want in your story. Remember, we are only thinking about their outside appearance for now.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 1:  Choose one of your characters that you will be working with during this class. Using the basic descriptions as outlined above, create your character’s ‘look’.  Because this is a ‘basic’ assignment, you might want to do the same for each of your other characters as we go along. Be sure to keep each character in a separate file, which will make it easier to refer to when you need reminders of what your characters look like.

 

Note: Lesson 2 will focus on beyond the visual.

 

That’s it for the today. I look forward to your welcome emails and what your characters ‘look’ like.  Have a good week.

 

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

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

 

Re: STAR Character Workshop Welcome and Lesson One

jbrydonejack@...
 
Edited

I'm working on a historical romance that has two concurrent romance lines, one for a younger couple and one for a middle-aged couple. The gentlemen are father and son, the father being a widower. I consider the elder heroine to be the main protagonist, so here's her physical description.

Characterization – the Basics

•           Gender: Female

•           Name: Abigail Madison

•           Age: 42

•           Hair Color: Dark blonde

•           Eye Color: Ice blue

•           Weight – Height: 5'5" or so, average weight

Character Online Workshop Lesson 2

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

IT’S ALL ABOUT CHARACTER—Beyond the Basics©

By Carol Henry

 

LESSON 2: Visualizing characters beyond the basics

 

In this lesson we’re going to identify a few more character visual traits that will define and add more depth to your character’s outward appearance. But before we do that, we need to define your character’s type, if you haven’t already—who they are in your story. Here are some categories to consider:

 

Who are they in your story?:

•           The lead character

•           Hero

•           Heroine

•           Antagonist—evil villain

•           Friend/someone who supports your lead character

•           Other major character

 

Going beyond the basics—what do your characters really ‘look’ like?

 

It’s time to really look at your character’s outward appearance. In doing so, here are a few points to consider adding to your basic description in Lesson 1:

 

•           What is their ethnic background, how does this define their appearance?

•           What is their body build: are they fat, pasty, unkempt, voluptuous, buckteeth, have a uni-brow—no eyebrows, or do they have well-defined features?

•           What is their bone structure, shape of lips, nose ears, and their physique (do they workout, or need to work out more)?

•           How is their hair styled, the length, is it wavy, thick frizzy, straight, always worn in a ponytail, a man bun?

•           What do they wear on their heads?  In their hair—depending on the season your story takes place or era you are writing about?

•           Are their eyes large, round, squinty, or oval? Large or small eyelashes?

•           Do they wear glasses—what shape/color?

•           Skin tones, not just for ethnic descriptions, but say you’re writing a beach novel and the poor dear fell asleep on the beach on the hottest day of the year? Ouch!

•           Do they have scars or other markings on their face, or other parts of their body—where? How did they get them?

•           Go ahead and think about other parts of the body that need descriptions—the hands, feet, etc.

 

And just to give you more to think about:

•           How are they dressed?

•           What kind of shoes, shock, stocking, foot ware, if any?

•           Color, styles of clothing (period dress)?

•           Are their clothes, hand-made, fashion plate, or off-the-rack?

 

Tip of the Day:  You should define minor characters even if you don’t use all their information in the story—you never know when you might want to use this character in another story later. That goes for your main characters, as well. You might not include all this information in your story, and that’s okay, but you will have all this information at your fingertips, should you need to use any of it in your scenes as the story progresses. And if you aren’t already, become a ‘people watcher’ to look for clues you can use for your own characters.

 

HOMEWORK—LESSON 2:  Using the information above, start to create your character’s ‘beyond the basic’ visual. Be as descriptive as possible.  Keep in mind that you can always add to your character description sheets as your characters emerge throughout their story. Feel free to share your character’s outward appearance when you are ready.

 

Note: Lesson 3 will focus on mannerisms, speech patterns, and personalities

 

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

 

Welcome

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

I'm Kathy Crouch I'm interested in learning more on describing my characters. 

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

Lesson One Homework-Kathy

Kathy <kcr2696439@...>
 

Characterization – the Basics:
•           Gender: Male
•           Name: Jake Weston
•           Age: 30ish
•           Hair Color: sun streaked brown
•           Eye Color: sapphire blue
•           Weight – Height: 6'1" -190-200 
He's a Navy SEAL so he's lean. 
I always picture Viggo Mortensen lol. 

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

STAR Character Workshop Checking UP

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

 

Happy Saturday, Class. I’m dropping by early to see if you are doing okay with your lessons so far. Those who have replied to Lesson One have discovered that coming up with the basic description information to your characters can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, especially if you aren’t totally familiar with who your characters really are—we’ll work on that as we go.  You might just redefine your characters ‘basic’ looks as we progress through the lessons. We’ll see.

 

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I look forward to what you’ve come up in Lesson Two.

 

Have a great weekend, and I’ll post Lesson Three on Monday.

 

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

 

Re: STAR Character Workshop Welcome and Lesson One

francescafleming@...
 

Hi to the Group,


Here is a main villain.

Female
Tula Whitacre-Barnes
25-something
Blonde, shoulder length
Blue eyes
Model thin, tall and sophisticated

Smiles and happy typing,
Francesca

Lesson One

francescafleming@...
 

 Hi to the group!

I am working on a paranormal romance. I have a draft zero and am working on rewriting, and rewriting, and well, rewriting.

The main villain is 

Characterization – the Basics:

•           Gender:  FEMALE

•           Name:   TULA WHITACRE-BARNES

•           Age:  25-SOMETHING

•           Hair Color:  BLONDE, SHOULDER LENGTH    

•           Eye Color:   BLUE

•           Weight – Height:  MODEL THIN, 130 LBS AND ABOUT 6' TALL


Happy Typing!
Francesca

Re: Character Online Workshop Lesson 2 - Jamie

jbrydonejack@...
 

Abigail Madison


Characterization – the Basics

•        Gender: Female

•        Name: Abigail Madison

•        Age: 42

•        Hair Color: Dark blonde

•        Eye Color: Ice blue

•        Weight – Height: 5'5" or so, average weight

She’s an American of English descent; both parents were English and immigrated to the colonies; she has an “English Rose” complexion. She is trim (owing to her previous time on the frontier with her now-deceased husband), but rounded and softened with age. Long blonde hair that is usually done up in a braided bun. As a widow, she usually wears a cap or other hair covering. Large eyes that come to distinct points at the ends. She only wears glasses when she reads, Benjamin Franklin type. Very fair skin tone. No scars. Her hands are more rough looking than you would expect of a Regency-era woman, again owing to past hard physical labor on the frontier 10-20 years ago. When she first comes to England, her clothing is seen as rough and unsophisticated; early in the story, she gets new, more fashionable clothes on a trip to London, but they make her uncomfortable. On very rare occasion, she will dress in breeches or trousers and a loose man’s shirt when fishing (when she thinks she won’t be seen). Practical half-boots, slippers for the house. Woolen stockings. She tends to favor blues (which match her eyes) and reds (good contrast that makes her eyes appear more blue). She has a particularly favorite red hat with a feather which matches her riding costume. Other than the occasional outfit like that, she mostly wears simple muslins.

Can you tell I've been writing this story off and on for 3 years??

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

Re: Lesson One

jbrydonejack@...
 

OK, I have to ask ... what do you consider draft zero?

I don't think I've heard that term before!
--
Jamie BJ
http://www.jamiebjcooks.com

Re: Character Online Workshop Lesson 2

Carolan Sweet <sweetwriter@...>
 

Back again with my hero. I have filled in what I visualize so far.

 

•           He’s the lead

•           He’s the hero

•           He’s the Heroine’s best friend or wants to be at the start

•           His  Antagonist is a gang of girls who pick on him and also one teacher who doesn’t understand him.

•           His support is his mother but she can be smothering

•           His confidant is an elderly neighbor lady whose dog he walks.

 

He’s a little thin for a boy his age, but not by much. He walks with his head down, shoulders hunched so as not to bump into anyone or thing. He has short blond hair. Most of the time he wears a baseball cap. His features are ordinary, a bit narrow and foxlike, but he would not stand out in a crowd of teens. Because of his OCD he doesn’t like to touch anything so he usually has his hands tucked against his body. He wears typical teen clothes – jeans, long-sleeve tees, sweatshirts, all washed everyday and slip on sneakers (so he doesn’t have to touch them. He has a black bookbag. Inside it, he keeps everything in individual plastic bags. Basically, he blends in well except for his reluctance to touch anything because of a fear of germs. Some of the girls know he doesn’t like to be touched and go out of their way to touch him because he gets all shaky and wild-eyed.

 

Carolan

 

 

 

Lesson One Response - Francesca

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Hi, Francesca, Thanks for letting us know you are working on a paranormal romance. It gives us a bit more information when working up a character. I love the name Tula for this novel. Can only imagine what she’s going to be up to. Hoping to learn a bit more about her 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

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

 

Lesson One Homework Response-Kathy

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

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

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

 

Lesson 2: Visualizing the Character

Francesca Fleming <francescafleming@...>
 

Hi,

Maybe I went overboard .....


Villainess: Tula Whitacre-Barnes

 

Background:  She is a wealthy Boston socialite with a Mayflower pedigree, well-educated college MBA graduate, an only child, and unmarried. She is used to having people do things for her.  Her family belongs various social clubs and her father is on the board at The Millionaires Yacht Club. Her father began teaching her business strategy as maneuvering/manipulating people starting in her third grade. She sat beside him during talks, threats and negotiations as he stopped expulsion from school her for stabbing another girl in the arm with a pencil. 

 

At 25-something, Tula currently has connections to the right people and to the ‘wrong’ people as it suits her.  Her appearance is always part of a strategy to get what she wants in business and in life. She will dress to suit her goals and often it is from the best clothiers around with bespoke accents such as purses and jewelry. All her clothes are in pastels, whites or stark business grey and are taken to a tailor to be fitted properly. She chooses to wear feminine cut suits with skirts at work or dresses at play in order to utilize her sex to get what she wants.  She has a few off-the-rack clothes she wears when she wants her friends to feel sorry for her. Jeans are for vacation, if appropriate for the venue. 

 

Body build and structure: Tula is a model-tall at a little over 6 ft and 135 lbs, fine-boned, with pale skin without a blemish with straight, thick blonde hair and round blue eyes with long eyelashes and thin eyebrows. Her narrow nose complements her oblong face and narrow chin. Her lips are pouty and warm and when she smiles it is beguiling.  She has straight, white teeth and a well-rounded bosom that money did buy.  She is not overly athletic and prefers to watch rather than participate in active sports like softball, tennis and soccer. She does Pilates and hot yoga at The Club. 

 

And everything else:  Tula wears her hair contained either in a French twist or tight bun when she is seriously working be it trolling for clients or devising new ad campaigns. Otherwise her blonde hair is styled era-2020 with an inch of her ends dusted with blonde glitter, parted to the side with the length a bit asymmetrically cut to her collarbones. Nothing is out of place. Sometimes she wears gold etched, silver colored chopsticks in her twists or bun as the work situation demands. A minimum of two carat diamond ear studs are worn. Hats must be the height of trendy and are only for outdoor events because she easily sunburns. She wears oversized rounded couture sunglasses whenever she is outdoors and she always wears her signature charm bracelet.

Thanks and Happy Typing!

Francesca Fleming

 

Lesson 1 and 2 - Carolan

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Hi, Carolan,

 

Thank you for your introduction. I wouldn’t worry about whether or not your YA topic will be ‘a popular book’, you simply have to write the book YOU want to write. The rest will take care of itself. Your focus on OCD and cerebral palsy already tells us something about your characters, and that’s a huge start.

 

Your general description in Lesson One already gives us an indication of the type of person this character is, thanks to his nickname Peaky J

 

Lesson Two--WOW! You’ve given this a lot of thought. There is so much here for you to work with already. It’s obvious you do know your subject matter, and I’m sure it will come across in your writing. Again, don’t worry about whether or not this novel will be a popular book—I’m betting on it resonating with YA from the get-go.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

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

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

 

Lesson 1 and 2 reply - Jamie

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

Hi, Jamie,

 

Good for your New Years’ resolution, and pulling out some of your fiction to work on. Hopefully we can get your characters motivated to get their story published.

 

Lesson One—I already love the concept of using the father/son’s in a concurrent romance. I can almost feel the tension between them already.  Seeing as you’ve selected the Abigail, the elder heroine, I’m assuming she’ll already have a lot of baggage to bring along with her, especially as this is an historical romance.

 

Yep, after reading your Lesson Two, she sure does!

 

Lesson Two—WOW! You’ve got Abigail nailed down. A lot of interesting descriptions to work with as she tells her story. Specific descriptions that let us know this is an historical without telling us. We can build on many of these as the class progresses, but you are off to a super start.

 

Great work,

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

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

 

Re: Lesson 2: Visualizing the Character

Carol Henry <carolhenry@...>
 

WOW! I had a feeling there was a lot going on with the young Miss Tula Whitacre-Barnes, and I wasn’t disappointed J  We’re beginning to see who this character really is already. You have a lot to work with here, and it’s going to be very interesting to see who she goes up against in her story, and how it all pans out.

 

It will be surprising to see what else we can uncover where Tula is concerned as the class continues, but I’m sure you’re up to the task. A job well done!

 

And, there is no such thing as going overboard when you’re describing your characters—you might not use it all in their story, but it gives you a better insight into their character when you are writing them into your novel.

 

Keep up the good work.

 

Carol

 

Carol Henry

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