RECOGNITION APPRECIATED

An email arrived a couple of days ago from the International Blogging Recognition Council (IBRC)
They wrote: your blog (On Being a Writer and the July 19th posting Working With
Small Publishers) received IBRC’s designation of “Recognized Blog”. IBRC reserves this
honor to those blogs that effectively connect with the audience and promote the sharing of ideas
and experiences.
This is indeed an honor to be recognized in such a way. Sometimes we write our blogs and are never sure how many are actually enjoying them. Writing a blog is difficult for me. As a writer, I’m slow and steady, and I do a lot of rewrites before I get things just the way I want them. With so much to do in promoting and writing every day, it’s difficult to take the time to see that a blog is special. Rather each one tends to be a flow of words as they occur to me.
This week I wanted to write about unique ways to create characters for your fiction. Remember when thinking about your theme and the characters’ goals:
Life’s not about success, it’s about happiness. In searching for redemption, we find the place we belong. Redemption occurs in small doses of happiness and contentment. To have a future, we must live with the past.
There are hundreds of questions you can ask your character. First, as the author, you need to
know something about your character that has nothing to do with the story you are about to write. Such as: What do they want out of life, further what do they need? What do they want to accomplish in their life? What are their basic beliefs?
Some more basic questions that will help us know them better are: Have they ever betrayed or failed anyone? Has anyone betrayed or failed them?
Once you begin to delve into their minds with these questions and let them answer them, you will begin to reveal a character. Their replies in first person help you write your story with more
conviction. Once you know their life story, then it’s time to find out what’s going to fuel the
book or short story.
If you know what makes them happy, angry, or sad; what they’re afraid of and what they regret; what haunts them, you have a basis for the plot line.
By the time I get this far, I’ve probably written at least three chapters, to get to know all my
characters as well as the direction the story will go. Often times, I will continue to discover
things about my characters far into the book. Are they honorable? Do they keep promises? The
list goes on and on, but you can see that the weaknesses and strengths of your characters are what will form the story line.
If you get stuck, have your character write you a letter telling you what’s going on in her life,
how she feels about these occurrences, etc. You might try this with each POV character, and perhaps some of the minor ones as well. Often, this will break down the barriers to continuing
to write.
Writer’s block doesn’t exist if you continue to live the lives of those you write about.
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About veldabrotherton

I'm primarily a writer, but I also speak and teach workshops and co-chair a large critique group. My brand is SexyDarkGritty and that applies to my western historical romances, mysteries, women's fiction and horror novels. After almost 30 years in this business, I still have something to learn and attend conferences to network with other writers, publishers, editors and agents.
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4 Responses to RECOGNITION APPRECIATED

  1. 我們必須先有哭泣,才有歡笑;也必須先感到人生的悲哀,然後才感到人生的快樂。................................................................

  2. 牧宇 says:

    一個人的際遇在第一次總是最深刻的,有時候甚至會讓人的心變成永遠的絕緣。......................................................................

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