For those that couldn’t make it along to this year’s Creative Thursday, we want you to share your tips from the day. What gems did you take away from the workshops and seminars? Has something helped you along your crime writing path? Let us and other aspiring writers out there know what you thought!
To kick it off, we asked 2011 programming chair Dreda Say Mitchell (pictured below) to give us a glimpse into this year’s Creative Thursday workshop session ‘Serial Characters’ and she kindly agreed to share with us the following ‘Top 3 Tips for Developing Characters’ in crime fiction.
- What is the lead character’s dilemma or conflict? Most stories centre around the main character trying to solve a problem or crisis. What’s your character’s conflict?
- Vulnerability: one way to make your character rounded is to explore their vulnerability. Do they have a personal conflcit, a major flaw?
- Read, read, read: Go back and read a crime book that you really enjoyed. Ask yourself what you found engaging about the main character? What techniques does the author use to create a standout and memorable character?