Characters in Conflict: develop story writing with local author

Author Rachel Watts.
Author Rachel Watts.

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 three-dimensional page-turner.

She said the most common mistake people 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.

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