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Writing Workshop: Developing Desire in Characters with Elle Nash
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This workshop will teach you how to identify each of your main character's motivations and desires, how to set these desires against each other to create tension, and how to use that to drive the plot.
Have you ever started a writing project knowing where you wanted to go, but not knowing how to get there? Perhaps you have the beginning and ending mapped out, but the middle seems to drag? You could have a fascinating plot-- but without developed characters, your audience won't connect. You might find your work fizzling out by the second act. With complex, exciting and nuanced characters, you can keep your audience engaged. And when you know what your character truly wants, you'll always have an answer to where to go next in your short story or novel. Character drives the plot. It is an unspoken rule by which the most basic to the most complex stories and novels are written. Character's desires not only drive the plot, but they also work against each other to create tension and excitement in the story.
Elle Nash's teaching and mentoring encompasses both traditional explanations of various writing ‘rules,’ the rationale behind them, deconstructing them, discussing points where they might not work (such as in changing atmosphere and tone), as well as encouraging and discussing how to develop the positive self-talk needed to complete short or long-range projects.
Elle Nash is the author of the novel Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc Books), which was featured in the 2018 June Reading Room of O - The Oprah Magazine and hailed by Publishers Weekly as a ‘complex, impressive exploration of obsession and desire.’ Her short stories and essays appear in Guernica, The Nervous Breakdown, Literary Hub, The Fanzine, Volume 1 Brooklyn, New York Tyrant and elsewhere. She is a founding editor of Witch Craft Magazine and a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp.
Registration open August 29th