When I first began writing, I thought I could just sit down and write the story. For a beginner, that worked fine, I guess. I generally start my stories with a character in mind and a situation to work through. My stories ended very quickly because once my character got past the situation, that was it.
Let's learn about your character. It's time to give your character some CHARACTER!
First step: Your character needs a problem he or she wants to see resolved or fixed. As an example, I will create someone, give them a problem, and together we will create a character. Someone who readers will want to read more about. Someone who will leap off the first page of your novel and capture the audience from the first page. Ready?
Let's begin with Olivia Shae Conniers. From the time she was a baby, her parents called her Shae-Shae because Olivia sounded so grown up and she has been Shea ever since.
One night, Shae woke up in a strange place and could not remember who she was. Not only that, she didn't know where she was. She couldn't remember anything, really, not even her name.
I'd say that is a problem, wouldn't you?
Now, if Shae was your character, what problem would you give her? What her greatest desire be? More than anything in the world, what does she want?
Feel free to comment below...
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I found a website that offers a character worksheet. This worksheet can be printed and used to help develop your characters. Use this worksheet and watch your hero take shape.
Character Worksheet from the Writer's Craft
My next series of blog entries will be spotlighting CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. You can signup to receive this mini-writing course by email!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Take a trip
History in the making
Loving to hate
Now, these are the ideas that just popped into my mind as I wrote. No meditating. No reading someoneelse's book or article. I started with the word ship and simply wrote down the first thing that popped into my mind. Now, I am going to take a couple of the thoughts and turn them into a one line idea that I may be able to expound on in the near future.
A ship- Like the Titanic. Unsinkable, yet not promised and someone actually paid the passengers to gamble with their lives.
History in the making- A cure has been discovered for Aids, but at what risk to the developers of the cure?
Vintage - A young girl becomes enamored with a vintage trunk that contains a vintage dress and finds it holds more secrets than she can bear to reveal to others: the secrets may jeopardize her family and her life.
Retro - A disco? Hmm... A novel set in 1960, centered around the mystery of a missing boy.
Time Travel - A young girl dreams of traveling back in time to the day her mother died. She is trapped in the time machine and must continually live the day over and over until she realizes...
Silk dresses - A young Victorian lady falls in love with her neighbor, only to learn that he has a secret identity.
See how I took a simple word or phrase and turned it into an idea?
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