I find it fascinating that the creative juices seem to rest, after finishing a manuscript.
Sometimes I think it is like grieving as the characters that you created have met with the definitive “The End”
What are your characters up to?
It takes a long time to develop each character. I have a page dedicated to characters places and events that I update as the story progresses.
An example might be Tom and Susan.
Tom is tall, sandy colored hair, blue eyes, and a hint of five o clock shadow.
Susan is short, busty, with auburn hair and wears clothes that are too small for her as she will not admit that she is chubby. Her brown eyes are large and seem to see into your soul.
Now those are two characters that I just created on the fly.
- Where do we go with Tom?
- What does he do for a living?
- Is he smart or is he more a jock, not that a jock cannot be smart.
- Is he white collar or blue collar?
- Factory or office worker?
- He puts up with his wife’s flaws, she still wears clothes that are too small, so he does not intervene. Does she rule the roost?
- Is he afraid of her?
- Does he love her too much to hurt her feelings?
- Is Susan insecure?
- Is she overconfident?
- Is she a person of Walmart?
- Do they have kids and is that baby fat?
- Where do they live?
- Is it hot or cold most of the year?
- Is it humid or dry?
- Where they live can tell a lot about their political beliefs, does that play into your story?
- While analysis to paralysis is always possible some backstory for your characters is helpful if nothing else than for you to write the story.
A hint for you is something that I do.
When I create characters, I generally use the personage of someone that I met or know that has charisma. For a non-player supporting actor part, I can create them out of my head.
There are times I might borrow a movie star from some movie that I liked them in.
Your characters make your story. You can have the best plot going, but if I as a reader cannot connect with them, I will not read your book.
One of the tricks EL James used in 50 shades is the way you connected with the leading lady. That little voice in her head that shared what she was thinking or feeling. We came to know and connect with her.
I tried that in my latest novel Kitties Titties & Winks. See what you think.
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Much Love- TW