DESIGN CHARACTER STRENGTHS
Craft character strengths that balance her flaws, push the plot forward, and make her likeable but not perfect. Learn to choose deeply-rooted virtues that result in consistency of behavior and a nuanced personality.
Character strengths are a critical aspect of good character design. Knowing a person’s deeply rooted qualities has a considerable effect on her choices and beliefs, which in turn influences the plot.
The trick when designing character strengths is to be strategic. You don’t want to choose whatever gifts seem interesting and likable. You need to choose strengths that
- Advance the plot
- Create a well-balanced character
It is easy to assume we’ve got character strengths all figured out, but unless your character has a deliberate blend of the four types of strengths, and you have assessed her personality in light of the six virtue categories (and their subsets) then you are missing out on learning a lot about who each of your characters is and how they play off of one another.
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This course includes
Students have course access for 365 days. All worksheets and notes are downloadable.
This workshop includes class notes so you can follow along with the video lectures and worksheets to help you design your character’s strengths.
What People Are Saying
“Solid outline of imagining and building character strengths. I appreciated that the instructor highlights how various strengths can be examined, either through the individual’s self-perception or other characters. There is a big emphasis on virtues as a strength.”
“A detailed, yet easy-to-understand class on character strengths. Greatly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the subject.”
“Barbara’s classes are amazing. I only said yes. I expected it to be this great. It always exceeds, so I try to expect as much as possible.”
“This is an excellent class, as with all of Vance’s classes! Very engaging, really helps me think about what I am writing!”
“Beautiful Courses…..I am learning so much. I listen over and over all the courses and ideas jump in my head one after another. I highly recommend the courses”
“I really love the worksheets. They really help me keep focused and gives me someplace to write notes down.”
“I enjoyed this class.”
Barbara Vance, PhD
I am a writer and instructor who has been blessed to help thousands of writers bring their stories to life.
My degrees include a B.A. in literature, an MA in Literature and Creative Writing, and a PhD in storytelling and media. Prior to launching my own company, I taught writing and storytelling at a tier-one university.
Over the past sixteen years I have developed a widely acclaimed collection of courses designed to help writers develop their stories, stay on track, and finish what they start . . . even while juggling busy careers and a family.
I am also the author of a multi-award-winning poetry collection, and my poems are licensed for use in anthologies and curricula around the world.