Build A Cast Workbook – Story Building Blocks
Story Building Blocks II: Crafting Believable Conflict introduced, tortured, and warped sixteen character mannequins. This workbook offers a quick reference for each character type and fill-in blanks to help you build an effective character. By assigning each of your primary and secondary characters a personality type, you can create a sound psychological basis for their motivations, actions, and responses. Choose your hero and antagonist carefully. Make sure they would behave the way you want them to or are suited to the challenge before them. They could be the same personality type but on opposite ends of the healthy spectrum. They could be complete opposites. It is important to be aware of those that are action-oriented versus those that aren’t. Are they strong or poor communicators? Are they introverts or extraverts? Use the traits that work best for the character you have in mind. The details about each personality type will give you an intimate understanding of what makes your characters tick. Intimate knowledge of your characters helps you portray them realistically to your audience. When your characters feel real, your readers care what happens to them. When the conflicts and solutions feel real, they keep reading.
About Diana Hurwitz (The Villages, Florida Author)
Diana Hurwitz spent her childhood near Cincinnati daydreaming and writing poetry. She is often found lost in a book and dissects fiction for fun. She currently resides in central Florida with her husband and two cats.
When not writing, she indulges in reading, painting, jewelry design, travel, graphic art, and web design.She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Ladyscribes critique group.
She writes the Story Building Blocks series and the companion blog, Game On!, because she loves helping other writers and as a book addict thinks life is too short for bad fiction. She is the author of the young adult series Mythikas Island which she was inspired to write for her teen daughter who complained, “Why do YA books always have love triangles? Can’t a girl be a hero without a boyfriend?” The answer is, “Yes, yes she can.” She contributes to the Blood Red Pencil Blog with other fun editors and writers.
She can be found hanging out on Facebook far more often than she should be.