Sunday, January 19, 2014

From Cliche to Creative with Jeannie Campbell

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
If you missed the meeting but are interested in the information. Or if you were at the meeting, and wanted more information on character stereotypes, you can contact Jeannie to purchase her revised Writer's Guide to Breaking Character Stereotypes The guide currently for sale at her store (original version, $5 has 12 stereotypes. The revised edition has 18, so make sure to contact her if you're interested in the expanded edition).

So, writers, if you were at the meeting, what is one thing you learned that you plan to use? 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Writers on the Storm welcomes Jeannie Campbell, The Character Therapist

Jeannie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFC # 45366) in California. By day, she serves as Head of Clinical Services for a large non-profit, and has worked with families, couples, teens, & children for over 10 years. by night, she runs the character therapist (, an online therapy service for fictional characters. 

She's also a freelance author, editor, and book reviewer. She has been a two-time finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writer's Genesis contest for writer's unpublished in fiction. She writes regular monthly columns for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and has been featured in many other magazines and blogs. She is the author of several other Writer's Guides, which can be purchased on her website.

Jeannie will present a mini-workshop you won't want to miss called "Breaking Stereotypes." She'll cover popular character types and how to avoid the "C" word (cliche) in humorous and practical detail. Bring your protagonist, antagonist, and your questions as we enjoy lunch and an extended meeting.

January 18, 2014 11a-2p

Lupe Tortilla
19437 Interstate 45 Frontage Rd, Shenandoah, TX 77385
(281) 298-5274


$5 members, $10 non-members thru Jan 16
After Jan 16: $10 members, $15 non-members

To register: 



In advance through Pay Pal (right side bar) or bring payment to the meeting.

Can't wait to see you there. Tell all your friends!