Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Getting to Know Them

Each of our new characters start off like this...

But over time...


We learn she has eyes like this...


and he's proud of this...

We know whether they're this...


and if home is this...



or this...



or even this...



We know their pet looks like this...

although (secretly) they really want this...

and, after a while...


if we're very lucky...


and work very hard...



we may discover they have this.

9 comments:

  1. Elspeth - Oh, how right you are! And I'm glad you put the emphasis where you put it here. Writing better characters really does entail getting to know them ourselves. We need to develop relationships with them just as we do with the people in our lives. And people have problems with invisible friends! ;-)

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  2. Yes. The more we hang out with them, the more we learn.

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  3. Margot; The more we get to know our characters, the quicker we will recognize when we're not writing true.

    Carol; Or..the more we need to drink. It depends!

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  4. That's the process for me. I love discovering new things about my characters.

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  5. Clarissa; It can be fun, can't it?

    Sarah; Good for you. I want the puppy, the kid, ice cream and a llama.

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  6. What a great way to get your point about characteristics across by use of photos. I loved it and the few words with a big impact.
    Wendy
    W.S. Gager on Writing

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  7. You forgot the picture of an artichoke, because characters have layers that have to be peeled away to get to the heart.

    Terry
    Terry's Place
    Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

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  8. Oh, *everybody* wants that kid!!

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