Since my last post, I have been trying to decide who my villain was so that I could develop him/her. It has been difficult because I had no clue as to his/her identity. All I knew was what I wanted my villain to do. So in the process I lost a victim and gained a villain. In my last post, I had a professor who I intended to be my second victim. He had so many traits that I liked, I couldn’t just kill him off, and so he has become my villain. I guess I wanted to spend more time with him.
In this whole process, I have also decided to change his last name. After working with him, he felt more like a Schroeder than a Hollingsworth. I also changed the one victim’s name from Morton to Chambers. Don’t know why, just felt compelled to change them.
I had originally cast the victim – Bradley as someone who was in advertising. He is now a lawyer.
The villain is Ben Schroeder, an English teacher at a community college who likes to cross-dress. He is 38 years old, 5’10” and weighs a slight 160. He appears effeminate which helps because it enables him to appear as a woman better. He is an only-child who witnessed his mother and aunt as they killed his father. Their story was that he left them when Ben was very young. Ben was so young that he isn’t sure about what he saw. He thinks of it as a bad dream. His mother and aunt instilled in him that women were better than men and that is why he feels need to dress like a woman, even though it is secretly. His biggest fear is that the college will find out his secret and he could lose his job. He is jealous of authors who have succeeded where he has failed. He knows Rachel from when she was in college. He saw her talent and envied her abilities. He tried to become close to her but she wasn’t interested. He still holds a grudge against her for that and now that she has become a published author and he has failed, his jealousy is even fiercer.
Bradley, who is Rachel’s fiancé is a cheater, always has been, always will be. Ben has been following Rachel’s career ever since she shunned him while she was in college. Haven’t worked out all of the details as to his rage but he is so jealous of Rachel, he not only wants her career, he wants her life. He finds out about her engagement and decides to meet her fiancé. One night while out drinking, he meets Ben in his female persona and picks him up. Bradley passes out before anything goes too far. In Ben’s sick twisted mind, he decides that if he can’t have Bradley, than Rachel can’t either and he plans to kill him and starts his path to destroy Rachel.
I have definitely developed more of my story while creating my characters.
Nothing is set in stone at this time, so don’t be surprised if things change along the way.
Over the next few days, I will be developing more of my characters, specifically the innocent suspects.
I am enjoying the experience, so far. Though it is fun, it is work. Hopefully I can keep piecing the puzzle together in a logical and entertaining way.
How is your story going? Are you creating well-rounded characters or do they feel flat? If so, I would suggest getting deeper into their goals and motivations.
Until next time,
August 8, 2009 at 12:54 am
Sounds like you’re making good progress, Va – keep it up!!
I’m back in the game myself, setting aside my freelancing to focus on my novel for awhile. I need to complete my step sheets by the end of this month if I’m going to be on track for completing the first draft by the end of the year.
Melissa Sugar Gold
July 29, 2009 at 8:41 am
Great Post. I just stumbled upon your blog and I am eager to read more. I’m working on the second draft of a manuscipt and also in the early stages of another. I am also a mom & a lawyer so my time is very limited. (Noticed you changed charachters career to an attorney). Your post was helpful in my search for ways to give my charachters more depth and emotion. Thank you & I will continue to read your past and current entries.