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Novel Writing: Creating Characters

A Step by Step Guide to Creating Memorable Characters That Will Bring Your Novel to Life
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Created by Steve Alcorn
Last updated 3/2016
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Have you started a novel only to get part way into the manuscript and find yourself stuck? Or do you have an idea for a novel but aren't sure where to begin? Have you completed a first draft but feel it doesn't quite have the luster of professional Novel Writing?

In this lively and fun course Steve Alcorn shows you how to achieve success. You'll learn how to write a novel step by step.

During the past two decades, Steve Alcorn has helped more than 20,000 students structure their novels, and many of them are now in print. Steve's courses are rated an average of 5 out of 5 stars.

This course focuses on Characters, including:

  • The difference between plot and story
  • The dramatic elements of your novel
  • How to build your characters
  • Creating your protagonist
  • Creating your antagonist
  • Brainstorming your other characters

Whether you're a first time novelist still planning your story or an experienced author looking for ways to bring your fiction to life, Steve Alcorn's novel writing courses will show you how to succeed!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for beginning or experienced writers
  • These techniques apply to novels, short stories and screenplays
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What Will I Learn?
Understand the difference between story and plot
Define your novel's dramatic elements
Create your protagonist and antagonist
Develop deep, meaningful characters using a powerful attribute list
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  • There are no prerequisites
  • All you need to benefit from this course is a desire to write great fiction!
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Creating Characters
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Here's what to expect in the course!

Preview 02:18

The single most important thing to understand when writing a novel is the difference between story and plot. It will shape every decision you make, and every word you write. So let's explore this essential topic right now!

Preview 08:22

Every novel is build from four dramatic elements:

  • Passion
  • Theme
  • Character Flaw
  • Premise

In this lesson I'll show you how to discover yours.

Discovering Your Dramatic Elements

Was does it take to create memorable characters? This lesson shows you the process of discovery, and includes useful resources for creating each of your characters.

Character Building

Your protagonist is your main character. He or she is the most important character in the plot, and the story is entirely about your protagonist. So let's start there.

The Protagonist

Every plot requires conflict, and that is provided by the antagonist. He or she is the character who opposes your protagonist, by word or deed.

The Antagonist

Most novels feature many characters, both major and minor. In this final character building lesson we'll explore how to make those character real, and examine how much detail each level of the character pyramid requires.

Brainstorming Other Characters

Having created your characters, you're ready to structure your novel!

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About the Instructor
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Published Author and Educator

Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!

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