Create A Character Clinic

Create a Character Clinic

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You’re having trouble sitting down to write the story—because if you’re honest with yourself, you can’t stand another minute with one or several of the characters you’re writing. Here’s the thing…

“Some Characters Don’t DESERVE To Be In Books! And If Yours Are Making You Hate Showing Up To Write Them… You’ve Created That Kind!”

I already know I want this!

But take a deep breath. This is fixable.

Creating compelling fictional characters is not a trick, a bit of magic, or some gift of the Fiction Fairy bestowed on only a few. You have everything you need within you to start creating brilliant characters today.

Today? Yes!

If you jumpstart with the Shadow Room exercise, you can know enough about your first new, compelling character to start writing about this brand new person…in about 15 minutes.

Try that now with the free Shadow Room exercise download here:

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The system I’ve used to create my characters in more than forty published novels and many, many published shorter works is simple and step-by-step. I break character development down into techniques you can start following immediately. I’ll show you what I do, and then take you through doing it yourself.

And I keep it short—you shouldn’t have to wade through tons of words to find the few kernels of useful knowledge that you can start applying to your own work. So that you can start using it right away, the Create a Character Clinic Class is divided into three sections.

SECTION ONE: Ask Them Anything

I explain—and then demonstrate—each of seven critical areas of character development, along with giving you printable charts offering questions that will give you a well-rounded framework for your characters. Answer as few or as many questions as you need to get a feel for the people you’ll be writing about, and ask (and answer) more as you work through your story and need new twists and turns.

SECTION TWO: Bring Them To Life

A tutorial on how to put all the information you’ve developed into creating people who live on the page.


Characterization (And How to Commit Them Well)

Believe it or not, almost everything you can ever do wrong in putting characters on the page, you can also do right.

Here I show you when a writing sin can be a virtue, and vice-versa.

All three sections include demonstrations of both unpublishable and publishable approaches to techniques and problems, and exercises that allow you to put what you’ve learned into practice. I want to make this as close as I can to me reading over your shoulder, looking at what you’ve done, and saying, “Okay. Here’s what you can try next to get that character moving.”

Included in the price of your purchase, you will download:

  • Printable PDF worksheets

  • A worksheet demo where I develop a new character using my techniques to show you exactly how it’s done

  • An MP3 of the jumpstart SHADOW ROOM technique (also available on this page)—I’ll talk you through the exercise so you can stay focused on writing

  • Printable charts to keep handy for when you’re writing characters who fall flat, and you need new directions for them

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With Holly Lisle’s Create A Character Clinic, you’ll:


  • Create A Character ClinicWrite characters who are fascinating and believable
  • Give your characters compelling needs that resonate with readers

  • Use the seven critical areas of character development to prevent “cardboard characters” and address areas of your characters’ lives you’ve never considered before

  • Develop your characters’ individual voices, making each immediately recognizable from all the rest

  • Discover three unique ways of presenting your character to your reader throughout the story, and use each to your story’s best benefit

  • Avoid fifteen huge sins writers commit with their characters, or better yet, use them so well they surprise, excite, and delight your readers

  • And much more

Today, right now, you can start to turn your characters into people YOU want to read about—because if YOU aren’t desperate to know what happens to them next, your readers won’t be, either.

Printable PDF E-book

Downloadable, printable PDF worksheets

Always-available Classroom* (retake this class as often as you like)

Live, Private Forum with Discussions, Questions and Answers, Brainstorming, and Help

Character Clinic
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A Step-By-Step Course in Creating Deeper, Better Fictional People
Create characters your readers will love, or love to hate
Give them compelling reasons for their needs, desires... and ACTIONS
Create folks with real personalities... not cookie-cutter cardboard people
Determine the best ways to present YOUR people to YOUR readers
Avoid 15 HUGE character sins... or use them intentionally, and win readers' appreciation
You can do this!
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You can do this,

Holly Lisle

Novelist, Writing Course Creator


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