What I learnt at Louise Cusack’s Gold Coast Literati Masterclass last week...
Well I can’t share everything, because the very brilliant Louise Cusack has protected her work with copyright. So I suggest you get along to one of her classes/sessions/seminars because she’s an awesome teacher.
The theme of the class was ‘Plotting after the novel is written.’ Yes, a perfect class for pantsers like mwa!
We took a moment to write down our main character’s greatest virtue and worst flaw. Then we wrote down the character’s goal, motivation and conflicts. With these tiny pieces of information, we partnered up (with someone we’d only just met who knew nothing about the novel we’d written) to share our character.
This exercise sounds easy but proved to be quite difficult. It quickly became obvious that if the motivation isn’t strong and clear, there will be weak plot issues. And by strengthening the goal, motivation and conflicts while working with your character's flaws and virtues - an amazing plot can be achieved. (we hope)
So, I learnt a new technique to tighten up my plot after I’ve written my novel, which suits the pants off this pantser!
Have you tried analysing your characters after you’ve written a story with someone who doesn’t know anything about the story?