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14 Aug

Writing yourself into a corner isn’t any fun but getting yourself out can be. You may have got stuck because you didn’t know what your character would do. Now is the time to get to know your character a little better.

Filling out a character sketch when I start a new project is like trying to fit into my swimsuit at the beginning of summer. It can be a little embarrassing. How am I supposed to write a story about this person when we’ve only just met.

I fill out the basic information that I know, usually the appearance, hair color, eyes, height, weight. Now I have a basic shadow person, no real depth. I then write a few scenes and as I write, I learn more about the character and gradually make more decisions.

Keep your character sketch handy as you write. The more you write, the better picture you’ll develop and the more you’ill get to know them. What do they really want? Why do they want it? What do they need? What scares them? Do they fear anyone or anything? What are their goals? Where do they want to be by the end of the story?

Keep asking questions. The more answers you get, the better you get to know the character and the better your chance of not getting stuck.

Let character help drive your story.

Hope you get to meet lots of interesting characters.

Virginia

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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Write a Novel

 

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