Tuesday, March 2, 2010

BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS Creating with Enneagrams by Laurie Schnebly

From my previous posts, you can tell that 2009 was the year of quest for me. I took numerous classes. Read a stack of ‘How-to’ books…and tried to practice what I’ve learned.

One point is that character comes first…if you’re writing romance. I am bad about having a ‘plot’ and skipping the whole internal conflict issue. And I probably need my head examined for admitting any weakness on a public blog…

But one of the first things I do when planning a book is turn to my CRUTCH. My best friend. A book I KNOW I can count on...

NAME OF BOOK:BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS Creating with Enneagrams by Laurie Schnebly

WHY I READ THIS BOOK: Because I’d participated in a discussion Laurie led at e-harlequin and I wanted to know more.

LEARNED: Characters need believable reasons to do what they do.
WAS IT HELPFUL: [1] Routine [5] Ah ha Moment
BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS rates a 5++

COLOR CODING: [a different color each time I’ve read]
[1 color] a New Book [5 colors] Trying to master

The pages in BELIEVABLE CHARACTERS look like an Easter Egg so that means another 5.

TAKE AWAY: Don’t let this book out of your sight. Make your characters real.

Have you read this book?
What was your response?

4 comments:

Rebecca Lynn said...

I haven't read this book in particular, but I have read a book about Enneagrams by Richard Rohr. I use the basic information when I create my characters. I'll definitely have to look at this book. Thanks for posting about it!

Carol Hutchens said...

Hi Rebecca!
Thanks for stopping by to comment. I think you'll really like Believable Characters...

Sandy Cody said...

Thanks, Carol, for sharing your opinions of various writing books with us. Thre are so many and none of us have time to sample them all. It's helpful when we share info.

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