Writer shows the way

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE -

WORD­SMITHS per­fect­ing their prose are in­vited to join writer Rachel Watts next week for a con­ver­sa­tion at Ruth Faulkner Pub­lic Li­brary.

WORD­SMITHS per­fect­ing their prose and typ­ing up tales are in­vited to join writer Rachel Watts next week for a con­ver­sa­tion about char­ac­ters in con­flict.

Watts, a free­lance writer and book re­viewer cur­rently work­ing on a novel, will of­fer tips for adult writ­ers on de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ters and plots to make their work a three­d­i­men­sional page-turner.

She said the most com­mon mis­take peo­ple tended to make when de­vel­op­ing char­ac­ters was try­ing to make their pro­tag­o­nist per­fect.

“Char­ac­ters, even pro­tag­o­nists, shouldn’t be that sim­ple be­cause peo­ple aren’t that sim­ple,” she said.

“A re­ally great char­ac­ter has like­able as­pects, un­like­able as­pects, they make mis­takes, they mis­un­der­stand things.

“All of that push and pull adds to the depth of a char­ac­ter and draws the reader into the story.”

Watts’ Bel­mont work­shop will also have tips on sub­mit­ting work and a series of writ­ing ex­er­cises to hone skills.

“I love ex­er­cises that help me get into the heads of my char­ac­ters and al­low me to play with their voices and points of view, so I’ll be tak­ing at­ten­dees through some of my favourites for de­vel­op­ing those as­pects,” she said.

“I’ll also have some ex­er­cises to help peo­ple in­crease the ten­sion of their plot, par­tic­u­larly at those points when writ­ers com­monly think ‘what next?’.”

The free event will be held at Ruth Faulkner Pub­lic Li­brary on Tues­day, June 20, be­tween 5.30pm and 7.30pm.

Regis­tra­tion is es­sen­tial. Visit char­ac­ters-in-con­flict. eventbrite.com.au to find out more.

Rachel Watts will be run­ning a work­shop in Bel­mont for lo­cal word­smiths.

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