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As usual, there's about fifty gazillion threads about creating characters and other matters. After much thought, and practice, I've come to the conclusion that it isn't as tough as it's made out to be.
Characters are much like people, they're born, they live and then they die-just like us. Now their birth can be anything from sitting down and planning a character out to suddenly jumping onto the page without warning. My six characters each appeared a different way.
Talia and her three sisters forced themselves into being. She wasn't going to stay in my subconscious any longer and not be seen, so out she came.
Micki was one I thought of when watching 'Starship Operators' and the character Shinon.
Athol, my newest and psychotic character, simply popped into being. I typed up two lines that suddenly appeared in my head, then saved them to come back. When I woke up and started to see where they went, Athol just appeared and, in vintage Athol fashion, cursed me out for making her work so hard.
Now, what's the common denominator in all this? Just like I said before, they are born, live and die all on the pages before you the writer. What makes them real? Their strengths, weaknesses and personality is what brings them to life. Look at each character you have written. What are they like? What is their personality? Are they kind? Cruel? Have a potty mouth?
All of that makes a difference. In fact, just looking at the snippets of the finished Talia novel I'm posting and the ones from the rough draft of my Athol novel show those kind of differences in black and white.
So, when creating characters, let them create themselves! Don't worry about stereotypes or Mary Sues..just write your story.
Well I just finished Die Another Day (working title only) just now and it checks in at 89.6k words. Phoenix Rising checked in at 90.1k so I'm satisfied with them both now.
Time to edit PR and let DaD sit and rest.
As I write, and weave Kate's back story in, I, and not to toot my own horn either because I hate doing that, have started to realize how ahead of my time I was. I've read "The Hunger Games" and seen the movie, and the "games" were something, albeit with actual gladiators and teams, I thought of while in seventh grade, back in 1986. Now, they'll always be the comments that I "ripped off" Suzanne Collins and in reality it's something I've had in the head for the longest time without the skills developed to put it on paper.
So it's funny how things work out, for good or bad, but you plunge forwards, make you writing the best it can be. Once that's done, then you can worry about the rest.
My advice to people continues to be the same: read the 50 best novels of all time, see how they work, create your own style and then write like mad. There's no real magic bullet to being a writer, it's 100% perspiration along with your inspiration.
Along with this site, find a group, preferably a closed, password required entrance one to protect your ideas, within the genre you're writing in to join. Iron sharpens iron, and you can work with people who write the same things, and there's information and viewpoints to be gleaned. The sci fi group I'm in has a man, John Bowers, who's a finalist in the most recent L.Ron Hubbard "Writer's of the future" which is a very prestigious competition to be a finalist in.
Plus, you'll find little things that help you make that big jump. Mine was when we did active/action openings and ended up trailing only the 3 published authors. It was like: HEY! I CAN DO THIS WELL TOO!
With that confidence, my writing grew stronger, flowing better by not being afraid to write long sentences instead of 2-3 and make it flow. Confidence builds confidence and now I'm writing like a fiend. Have put 30k onto my laptop in 3 weeks.
Always looks for all tools that will help you improve.
Just finished my first novel at a level to be published. The feeling of accomplishment is awesome. Nothing matches the feeling on gets from finishing a novel you know is good.
Now onto writing a novella to fill in the gap between this novel and it's sequel while the novel rests. 2-3 weeks from now, I'll start the editing process.