Each of our new characters start off like this...
We learn she has eyes like this...
and he's proud of this...
We know whether they're this...
We know their pet looks like this...
although (secretly) they really want this...
we may discover they have this.
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! ;-)ReplyDelete
Yes. The more we hang out with them, the more we learn.ReplyDelete
Margot; The more we get to know our characters, the quicker we will recognize when we're not writing true.ReplyDelete
Carol; Or..the more we need to drink. It depends!
That's the process for me. I love discovering new things about my characters.ReplyDelete
I want the puppy AND the kid :-)ReplyDelete
Clarissa; It can be fun, can't it?ReplyDelete
Sarah; Good for you. I want the puppy, the kid, ice cream and a llama.
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.ReplyDelete
W.S. Gager on Writing
You forgot the picture of an artichoke, because characters have layers that have to be peeled away to get to the heart.ReplyDelete
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery
Oh, *everybody* wants that kid!!ReplyDelete