Characters come in all forms, and good writers understand that the best stories come from characters wanting or needing something. They also understand that finding a satisfying plot can be challenging.
Imagine taking a less logical approach to character-driven writing — a more organic way of looking at characters. Imagine not creating, but discovering your main character, complete with back story, motivations, and a partly-completed journey.
Using easily accessed resources, award-winning writer James Roy shares a method he has developed over more than 25 years of working in schools, writing centres and universities around the world, guaranteeing that you will find a character and a story that works for you, since you’re the one choosing, unearthing and unpacking it.
“I learnt more about writing in one afternoon than I’ve learnt in ten years of school.” — Jeremy, Year 10, Australian International School, Singapore
“It’s amazing! The [postcards] are like tiny short stories on their own, but they help me imagine a character with a story that I just want to tell.” — Amy, 15, Talented Young Writers day, The Literature Centre, Fremantle.
“Wow, what a resource! It’s so simple, but I can see that it’s going to help these kids so much.” — Alison, supervising workshop teacher, Somerset Celebration of Literature, Queensland.
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