"I thoroughly enjoyed this exercise... it really helped me work out the kinks in a character I've been struggling with." -- Workshop participant.
"This course was fun. The group managed to produce some great work, and I couldn't help but have a go myself." -- Workshop facilitator.
Character development is an integral part of creating literature. Characters tell your story on your behalf. They encourage you to emotionally invest in your own story by helping you understand themes and concepts; they instigate or reinforce some sense of identity, and of course, they provide the same rewards for your audience as well...but sometimes, we struggle with creating convincing characters, who remain believable and consistent from beginning to end.
Use this nano course to help you develop a character for your literature. Whether you're in the middle of a character sketch, struggling to get started, or just keen to experiment with a different creative writing method, this is a worthwhile experience for you. Furthermore, if you're currently doing an Arts Award, a creative writing course or participating in a writing programme, this exercise is great for building your portfolio.
Character development is an integral part of creating literature. Characters tell your on your behalf. They encourage you to emotionally invest in your own story, by helping you understand themes and concepts; they instigate or reinforce some sense of identity, and of course, they provide the same rewards for your audience as well...
Before you move onto the writing exercises you might need a bit of food for thought, some inspiration and perhaps a little more character development context. This nano course handbook has a few extracts and resources that might be of use to you. Download the handbook and then move onto the 'Get Creative' Section.
This is an opportunity for you to make a beautiful work of art with the answers you drafted in the Q&A session. Transform a 'choppy' list of words into a fluent monologue, poem, short story, or another form of literature that both reflects your character and your writing style.
Remember, your first draft is not your final draft, and you can repeat this exercise as many times as you need to.
Ellen Brock is a novel editor and an inspiration to writers across the globe! Although the masterclass provided focuses predominantly on novel writing, the principles regarding character can be applied to all forms of literature. Make sure you take notes!
Congratulations on completing the writing exercises in this nano course! You've already achieved greatness, but it doesn't hurt to push yourself that little bit more. Now that you've developed your literature, explore the ways in which your literature can help to develop you. Check out the following lecture 'How to use your literature', go to the resources section and download the course guidebook, assessment criteria handbook and watch the nano course overview video.
So many of us draft beautiful literature which is then left to gather dust. Make sure you're one of the great few keeping your literature alive through the power of publishing, the magic of networking and more!
In 2010, I founded Scribble Ink Story Consultancy - a social enterprise dedicated to mentoring writers throughout their creative process. Scribble Online is one of three core writing services delivered by Scribble Ink. It exists to provide writers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities with creative writing eCourses that are flexible, affordable and fun. Each nano course available is equivalent to a 1-2 hour workshop. A combination of two or more nanos enables you to submit work for AQA accreditation, or as part of an Arts Award qualification, but equally, a certificate of completion after finishing one nano is great for the resume, creative productivity and personal development! Enroll today and share the many experiences my London-based writers enjoy during live sessions.
I'm so glad you've chosen to invite me on your creative journey, and I look forward to supporting you!
Nadia Gasper, MA.
Scribble Ink: The Writers' Revelation Revolution.