Nine Flaws, Nine Triumphs
by Laurie Schnebly Campbell
May 1-26, 2017 (it's okay if the loop stays open until May 31 but the class is only four weeks long)
Writers who discover the versatility of enneagrams, the nine personality types and subtypes discovered by the Sufis and brought west a century ago, are fascinated by how easy it is to identify their existing characters and create new ones. Each one of those nine archetypes has uniquely heroic and distinctive traits, as well as a corresponding flaw -- sometimes fatal, but more often just what a character needs to overcome for their HEA triumph. This flaw naturally brings them into conflict with other characters, or with the situation...AND with themselves.
Laurie Schnebly is still amazed by how vivid enneagram-based characters are, and how readers would never guess "this hero's gotta be a One-winged Nine going to Three." She assigns about 30 minutes of (optional!) homework each week, replying privately to every post, and always loves it when one of her students publishes their first book. (So far the count's at 41.)
Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.