((Above pictures found on Google Images. Not mine.))
Diving deep into characters is, I am finding, extremely important to stories. Yes, it is about the story, but without great, well-thought-out characters, there wouldn’t be a story. We all fall in love with this character and hate that one. Why is that? Because the author knows the character. Feels the character. And I am learning to let my characters talk to me a lot more so that I can write them well, especially in my current WIP, which covers the very serious topics of human trafficking/modern slavery, prostitution, abuse, drugs, and mob organizations.
So, because of these deep dives, I now know a lot more about my main character Arkmenos Kilrak and am getting to know the villain’s right hand girl, Treina. Now, when I tell people that my characters ‘talk’ to me, if they are not writers/creatives, they look at me like I’m nuts. And that is okay because I am a little crazy….all creatives are, to some extent, but that’s another post!
I started this story, Edge of Nightmares, coming from a TOTALLY different direction, almost 2 years ago, and only one of the characters talked to me at that time which made it hard to write. So, I stopped and started working on something else. Well, something told me to pick it up again a few weeks ago, and to look at it differently. Now, most of the characters are talking to me, and I’m getting backstories and writing short stories so that I will have really good knowledge of the characters so I can write the full story.
CDDs are full of questions that some people don’t even think about when putting characters to paper. You have to look at your characters like a normal human person. Like your best friend, sister, mother, etc. When you meet someone new, you take time to get to know them right? Characters are the same way! Get to know them like a friend…dig down deep so you know their deep dark secrets and you’ll be able to channel that onto the paper/computer and make your readers love or hate them!
I hope you enjoyed this little insight! I’ll be sharing little teasers and ‘getting to know <name of character>’ bits so I hope you click that follow button so you never miss any!