We had a great time Saturday with licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Jeannie Campbell. She spoke about the ins and outs of using and breaking character stereotypes in our writing. There's a time and a place to do both. We can use stereotypes for invisible characters that pop in and out of our fiction for no real purpose than to deliver a package or a bit of news. But with our major characters, we want to break the stereotypes to provide a multi-layered, real character. Stereotypical characters are not interesting. And we all want our characters to be interesting, right? Otherwise, why should people keep reading our prose?
Kathrese McKee, chapter photographer, took some great shots at our meeting.
|Bethany, Laura, and Alice|
|Doris and Anthea|
|Ann, Janice, and Doris|
|Jeannie Campbell, speaker extraordinaire|
So, writers, if you were at the meeting, what is one thing you learned that you plan to use?