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Sunday, July 31, 2011

We're off to see the Wizard!

     I think I have mentioned once or twice before (*haha*), that I am a “character” person. I love characters. Wouldn’t it be great if you could look into a crystal ball and see your characters, actually see them in a crystal ball? Well, why not? It is an interesting concept. Isn’t that what we do when we are creating our characters? We visualize them before we write about them. We are the ones that make them whole. They are the voice of our story. It isn’t enough that our characters bumble along and tell the story – they really need to live it. By living it, they believe your story, too. If your characters believe your story, your readers will, as well.

     There are so many aspects to making your characters real. There is no need to rush through it. Take a trip to the Wizard, or if you already have one, pull out your crystal ball. It may take time before you see anything, it may be a little cloudy, at first. You need to be attuned to your crystal ball. Creating characters takes time. It is hard work! Remember, information will be subtle, but if you are patient you will be rewarded. Today, the crystal ball says that while this story has been dragged out enough, more is still to come!  (I have "stowed away on a ship", now a crystal ball.) 

     Hmmm, maybe I can use the crystal ball to see when I’ll be published!

crystalball.jpg image by olympia5

     I know it’ll all work out in the end, but I’m anxious to see how it all turns out!

     What ideas do you come up with for creating your characters?


Doralynn Kennedy said...

That is an interesting comment, and it's also one of my favorite childhood movies. I used to wait for The Wizard of Oz to come on like I used to wait for Christmas morning. And so true... our characters have to believe their story or the reader never will.

Nicole said...

I think developing a character must be the BEST part of writing your books. :-) PS - Thanks for all of the great advice!

Lynda R Young said...

What helps me most with creating characters is creating their arcs--how they will develop over the story. Although I would love a crystal ball...

Janet Johnson said...

Magic Eight Balls work great too. :)

I mostly brainstorm and write. I've tried some questionnaires, and they are interesting. But I'm a character person, too. They're what make writing fun for me.

Maeve Frazier said...

Doralynn - I love the Wizard of Oz! I'm glad you agree with characters must believe in the story.

Nicole - Where would we be without our characters. You give so much positive inspiration to everyone, mine was just a little hug your way!

Lynda - It is so true about how the characters develop throughout the story. Have you ever had one of your characters change so much that you went back and rewrote the whole thing? I did and I liked the rewrite so much better for it.

Janet - I'm with you, characters are what it is about for me!