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With author Harriet Smart

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Creating interesting and believable characters is the foundation of good fiction writing. But as anyone who’s ever tried to do that knows, it isn’t easy. On this week’s show, author Harriet Smart explains what makes characters compelling and how character can drive a story forward.

Harriet Smart is creative director of Anthemion Software. She has written four historical novels and one contemporary novel, all published by Headline. She recently completed an MA in TV screenwriting.

In this fascinating interview, Harriet discusses:

  • How to create fascinating characters
  • How rich characterization can move a story forward
  • What makes us care about characters
  • Why back story is so important
  • How to hone your characterization skills
  • How the software she and her husband designed can help writers keep track of story threads.

Interviewee: Harriet Smart
Host: Paula B.
Date: March 6, 2006
Running time: 49:44 minutes
File size: 48 megabytes
Rating: G
Harriet Smart’s Web site, where you can buy her Writer’s Cafe story-building software: www.anthemion.co.uk
Harriet’s Writer’s Cafe site: www.writerscafe.co.uk

 

DOWNLOAD AND LISTEN TO HARRIET SMART MP3 HERE