The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning. The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others. The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a mudded field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning. The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man’s mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others.

Character Development

Triangle Method of Character Development

This 12-video course helps writers create memorable characters.
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What This Course Delivers

INSIGHTFUL VIDEOS

Each point about how to build a character is backed up by fantastic graphics.

CHARACTER PDFS

Learn from the greatest writers how to create memorable, fascinating characters.

WRITING CHALLENGES

Put your knowledge into action with fun writing challenges at the end of each video.

LEARN HOW TO WRITE LIKABLE AND UNLIKABLE CHARACTERS

You shouldn’t be writing saints or villains, but human beings with a mix of good and evil. Learn how in this video.

HONE YOUR CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

A bad character description of eyes and hair color will sabotage your characterization. Learn 7 excellent techniques to describe your characters.

POLISH YOUR DIALOGUE

What your character says reveals who they are. Learn how to use sharp dialogue to reveal character.

COURSE CURRICULUM

3 Questions that Build Character Desire
PDF of 3 Questions that Build Character Desire
The Triangle Method of Character Creation
PDF of the Triangle Method
First Descriptions: 7 Techniques to Describe Characters
PDF of First Descriptions
First Lines of Dialogue
PDF of First Lines of Dialogue
Dynamic First Actions
PDF of Dynamic First Actions
Fantastic Names and Where to Find Them
PDF of Fantastic Names
The Likability Factor
PDF of The Likability Factor
Revealing Characters through Dialogue
PDF of Revealing Characters through Dialogue
The Art of Minor Characters
PDF Minor Characters (Part I)
The Art of Minor Characters (Part II)
PDF Minor Characters (Part II)
5 Tips for Creating Complex Characters
PDF of Complex Characters
5 Tips for Complex Characters (Part II)
PDF of Creating Complex Characters Part II
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Your Takeaways

  • By the time you finish this course, you’ll have created a vibrant human being that seems alive on the page.
  • You’ll know how to use the Triangle Method to create an infinite amount of characters.
  • You’ll have a quiverful of practical tips to help you avoid making thin and implausible characters.

Reviews

I loved this course! I served as a great help with my characters and I’m excited to create new ones. While I was taking this course, I was working on a novel. This course helped me strengthen those preexisting characters and I was able to use some of the writing challenges by including them in my current draft. Great Course!

Sophia Pelsue

This Course is definitely worth your time and money. It definitely helped me with some problematic characters in my novel. After applying what I learned, they went from flat to feeling real.

Lorin Pillai

I’ve read a lot of craft books, blogs, and taken a couple of courses on character development. They had something to teach me. This course went a different direction in terms of how to do things. For example, in the module of firsts, the focus on seven different techniques is outstanding. Instead of the traditional physical description, the course provides other methods: non-physical, use of metaphors, etc. The video lessons were engaging and the narrator’s voice is definitely not dull. The pdf files are great for future reference. Highly recommend this course for price and techniques gained in character development.”

Larry Keeton

I think I struggle with giving characters depth and making them more life like! This course provided great tips for that and gave me more to consider when building characters.

Courtney J

This course was fun, and I thought the teacher had a lot of good insights which I plan to use in my writing going forward. Much appreciated. I will be watching for more courses from this instructor.

Cathy Tenzo

This course can be completed in 1-2 days (not including writing assignments) but it is complete, thorough, and provides suggestions and tips a writer can apply immediately. I know completing this course will help me create more interesting, mysterious and complex characters. Highly recommend.

April Singer

This was very informative and fun lesson. I will definitely put his tips into practice.

Laurie Carta

Made me think about how much better I could make characters.

Belinda Fidler

This is the second Bookfox course I’ve taken and I’m hooked. There’s so much information and the writing exercises are such a great way to flex my creative muscles. A+.

Chris Day

Excellent course. I am rewatching these videos again and again, and getting more out of them each time. Definitely 5 stars!

Kelly Grenier

Clear, concise examples and instructions.

Madeline Pinelli

Mr. Fox gets his point across through simple graphics which relay the information effectively and efficiently. Also, the ‘Writers don’t Give Up’ should be a motto because it kept me going.

Costin Patru

John Matthew Fox

I’ve spent the last ten years working as an editor and my book “I will Shout Your Name” was published by Press53. I’ve been published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and won fiction contests at Third Coast and Shenandoah. In a former life I was a college professor – I earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but now I focus on Bookfox full time.

John Matthew Fox
johnmattfox@gmail.com

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