How to Create a Character for Your Story or Novel | Julia Gousseva | Skillshare

How to Create a Character for Your Story or Novel

Julia Gousseva, College Teacher, Writer

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15 Videos (24m)
    • Introduction

      1:44
    • The Basics

      4:21
    • Dominant Impression

      1:51
    • Five Traits

      0:28
    • Appearance

      1:04
    • Ability

      1:16
    • Speech

      1:25
    • Mannerism

      0:53
    • Attitude

      1:00
    • From Protagonist to Hero

      2:16
    • Adding Complexity

      1:42
    • Conflicting Desires

      1:45
    • Character Flaw

      1:00
    • Summing Up

      2:10
    • Conclusion

      0:37

About This Class

Do you want to create compelling, dynamic characters for your short stories, novels, or memoirs but don't know where to start? Or have you started writing but realized your characters are one-dimensional or not very interesting? 

This short class will show you how to develop a character from a stick figure to a real person with unique attitudes, abilities, mannerisms, flaws, and special qualities your readers will relate to and admire.

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Julia Gousseva

College Teacher, Writer

I'm a writer, a reader, and a teacher. Creative writing is my passion, and you can often find me at work on a new project. I'm the author of Adventures of Alex and Katie children’s books, Anya’s Story historical fiction series, three mystery novels, and a book of short stories. My work has been published in Highlights for Children and The Sun Magazine.  A few years ago, I enjoyed a year-long assignment with the Tucson Citizen writing My Tucson column. My current proje...

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