Positive Character Development with Jeannie Campbell
Posted by Lisa Lickel on June 25, 2011
I love Jeannie Campbell and her graciousness and her web site.
You just have to go get subscribed, if you’re a writer. I just can’t use any other words. At this time, she’s launched a new and improved site, and I encourage you all to visit. Jeannie is also offering one of her Writer’s Guides as a gift for the first person to comment on this site, and who then announces this interview somewhere on line – either your web site or facebook page, or wherever else you hang out. These super guides help a writer take his or her character through the story in a realistic manner. Send us the link of your announcement, and we’ll have Jeannie send you either her Writer’s Guide to Personality Types or Writer’s Guide to Grief.
How can you—a published or yet-to-be-published writer benefit?
1) Write characters more realistically.
Using a search engine to find out information about a mental disorder yields a very different result than asking a therapist who has treated those same problems in real life. Instead of getting a bunch of stale facts, I can help you breathe life into your characters while taking into
consideration your unique story world.
2) Plot more feasibly.
Plotting the external conflict around your character’s internal conflict is essential to create tension on every page. Understanding the
character’s driving goals and motivation in relation to their emotional state will help you figure out what plot points need to occur to maximize the
character’s arc to its fullest potential.
3) Avoid clichéd or incorrect depictions of mental disorders.
My passion is helping those not afflicted with mental disorders understand those who are. Since one in four adults have a mental disorder, the likelihood of one of your characters having one is pretty high. But you want every nuance to ring true about the character, not feel cardboard cutout or stereotyped. So pick my brain instead of yours to avoid pitfalls of re-writing later.
Have I piqued your curiosity? Think your characters might benefit from some couch time?
Jeannie Campbell, LMFT
online therapy service
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