Thursday, May 21, 2009

"Creating Your Hero's Fatal Flaw"by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

Online class: June 1-26, 2009"Creating Your Hero's Fatal Flaw"by Laurie Schnebly Campbell

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Giving likable, plausible characters a compelling conflict is easier with Enneagrams. Counselors and personnel manager suse this personality tool to identify the heroic qualities (and not-so-heroic qualities) for each of nine types: the Perfectionist, Nurturer, Achiever, Romantic, Observer, Skeptic, Adventurer, Leader and Peacemaker. Each of these types has distinctive traits, including a fatal--or not so fatal--flaw that will naturally bring them into conflict with other people...AND with themselves. Get ready for some hands-on-homework (to do during June or at leisure) and discover how to:
* Determine your character's unique traits (or your own)
* Turn all nine personality types into memorable characters
* Build internal & external conflict with each type's fatal flaw
* Resolve conflict by using each type's individual strengths
* Expand the possibilities for drama with subtypes and more
* Enhance characters you already have in mind or plan to create

Besides writing about memorable characters--and how to create them--Laurie writes for an ad agency, teaches online, narrates for Talking Books, dithers over, and enjoys playing with her husband & son, vacationing in Sedona (the red-rock town named for her great-grandmother) and working with other writers. "People ask how I find time to do all that," she says, "and I tell them it's easy. I never clean my house!"

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