Creating Characters so Real You'll be Tempted to Take Them as Deductions on Your Tax Return

Yes, my favorite workshop is finally going to make its North Carolina debut! I’ve picked a date, May 19th, and now I’m committed. I’ll have more information as the date grows closer, but for now, you can read a bit more about it on the blog’s Events page.


  1. Brenda on February 14, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    I am having fun with my students and their characters. Much to my surprise when we searched Internet for names-genealogy and cemetaries-we found relatives…some we had not thought of in years-me-and some they were surprised were actually on Internet…
    Good way to get the names-and whew-what names they chose…
    P.S. I am still so hooked on SueEllen for your protagonist that I have to rethink it…what is the final (probably) name???I forgot…sorry…old age…

  2. Diane Chamberlain on February 17, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    Right now, her name is Lori, Brenda. She’s 41 and that was a popular name when she was born. Sue Ellen is in the book, but an entirely different character. You’re going to get so confused when you read this one, aren’t you? LOL.

  3. Stormy on May 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    i love writing my characters. when i think of stuff i dont say, i just thought of something nick could have done to liana when they were kids…no, its “guess what i just found out nick did!” they are so real to me my mother (i am only 14) is thinking of sending me for help…..

  4. Diane Chamberlain on May 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    LOL, Stormy! I totally relate to what you’re saying. The good news is that my imagination, which people thought was so outlandish when I was 14, now pays my bills. Good luck with your writing.

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