Thursday, January 26, 2012
Breaking Stereotypes and the Use of Physical Traits
If I had written Joe as a character before I got to know him, I probably would've cast him as an antagonist. All too often, we create stock characters based on physical traits and stereotypes. Cliches are boring! The lesson I learned from my new friend is that characters are far more interesting when they break the mold, and even ex-cons can sometimes be angels.
Thanks to those who posted questions on my first TEEN TALK TUESDAY. My students were excited to answer your questions and were very delighted to help writers. We hope you'll join us next week for more Q & A with the teens!!