4 CHAPTERS

With exercises

EXAMPLES & VIDEOS

Explaining concepts

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KEY SKILLS LEARNED
  • Fundamentals of effective characterization
  • How to balance plot with character exposition
  • Practical steps to know your characters inside out
  • How to write character backstory effectively
WHO IS THIS FOR?
  • Writers seeking to improve character-writing skills
  • Writers who want to develop detailed characters
  • Writers seeking to master elements such as how to profile story characters and present backstory
  • Writers seeking practical advice, exercises and examples to develop lifelike characters

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The Creating Characters Course is awesome. I have stepped up my game with some ideas I had never thought about. This is great for beginner and even the experienced writer that wants to improve their character creation.

— Robin

Now novel has changed the way I write, it has taught me to look deeper into my story in ways I would have never done before.

— Karen

My favorite part is the character break downs. The quotes are also amazing and keep me inspired.

— Jess
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WORKBOOK OUTLINE

CHAPTER 01
“Peopling your story”

Learn why characterization is important and do initial exercises to explore core character creation concepts.

CHAPTER 02
Plot vs. Character

Learn about the relationship between plot and characterization and how to make each serve the other.

CHAPTER 03
Getting to know Joe

Learn multiple strategies for developing story characters until your story's cast comes to life.

CHAPTER 04
Bringing the skeletons out

Learn how to use backstory (characters' written/implied or private pasts) to give characters depth and motivations.

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HOW TO WRITE REAL CHARACTERS: CHARACTER DESCRIPTION - CHAPTER OUTLINE

Chapter 01

In “Peopling your story”: Why characterization is so important we introduce core characterization terms and concepts.


  • Read an overview of your guide
  • Read characterization terms and definitions
  • Understand why characterization matters
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you've learned
Chapter 02

In Plot vs. Character: What comes first?, you'll learn the ways conflict, genre and other elements of writing affect the relationship between writing characters and plot points or story events.


  • Learn the role of internal and external character conflict
  • Learn common characterization missteps to avoid
  • Read illustrative examples from well-known books
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you've learned
Chapter 03

In Getting to know Joe: Forming a relationship with your characters, you'll learn strategies to develop characters (includes a character profile worksheet you can use together with the ‘Characters’ outlining tool in the Now Novel dashboard).


  • Read methods to know your characters deeply
  • Complete a concise worksheet to brainstorm character details
  • Read inspiring quotes on characterization
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you've learned
Chapter 04

In Bringing the Skeletons out of the closet: Dealing with backstory, you'll learn to balance backstory with present story events and give characters compelling histories.


  • Learn what backstory is and how to use it effectively
  • Learn common backstory missteps to avoid
  • Read examples of effective backstory from popular novels
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you've learned

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