Friday, 14 January 2011
Don't get hijacked by your characters
'Don't get hijacked by your characters' was the title of last night's West Sussex Writers' Club workshop hosted by Sarah Higbee. Some excellent advice and top tips were imparted by Sarah covering how to choose your central characters and viewpoint. Point of view (POV) is an important aspect to consider before starting your novel - get it wrong and it could mean a lot of re-work or rejection. Several exercises helped the audience to get the brain cells and creative muscles warmed up. Sarah recommended recording a brief biography for major protagonists in any long story - this helps the writer to fully understand and know their characters - and she provided a helpful crib sheet to use as a template.