24 October 2011

Character Development.

Of course when we all begin a story, we don't necessarily know exactly where we want to go with it. Sure we have a basic idea, but we don't have the meat of the story. As I begin Gabriel, my manuscript of choice at the moment, I realize that I enjoy writing this because the characters have such strong emotions.

Thus, our topic of today's post.

(Google Images)

Isn't it curious how this diagram resembles a vulva?? Anywho, a character's development is important for the story to move forward, as you all may know. If characters were boring, who'd want to read about them, right?

When I think of my characters, they start off as like a beacon of light. I could be walking down the street, sitting in class, or as of recently, doing MMA in the gym. No matter how I come across them, I pull at the light, drawing it closer.

I ask questions like, Who are you? What are you trying to say? 

There are times that they don't answer, they just sit and wait for me to drag them out. I don't allow this so I just call out my guy, Aiden, and he forces them to tell me what they want. (Yes, I know this makes me sound insane), but he protects me.

For some reason, the guys are more reluctant to talk to me than my female characters. Maybe the females are more willing to talk about their love lives unlike the guys... Yep, I said it.

So, let me give you an example of how I came across Aiden, the god-killer. (And yes, you have to say all of that.)

One afternoon, I'm feeling particularly miserable and I'm watching the Biggest Tool (do you remember that show. I'm not quite sure that's the name.) Then there's like a pop in my mind.

"What the hell?" I wonder.
"How very human of you. D'you ever think to attack first and question later?"

At this point, I'm sure I've reached the deep end and since I have nothing else to lose, I just chat back. He reluctantly tells me more about himself and I share the sentiment, because after all, I'm pretty freaking lonely.

As the years passed, he became like an older brother to me and I decided I would be honored to write his story to share with you guys. (Not quite sure how he feels about that yet. He's been MIA for a bit).

Anywho, do you have a strong relationship with your characters?? Give me your opinion below.

Thanks for reading!


  1. There's nothing wrong with talking to your characters. I do it all the time, especially when I'm trying to write. Most of my characters are pretty chatty, but there are a few (mostly the guys) that are a more reluctant to tell me about themself.

  2. Great post! I feel like I know each of my characters very well. I have tons of conversations with them- and that is partially how I cam to know them so well. I did make lists about them before I started writing- but much of their personalities developed as I wrote, or spent time with my characters. :)

    I found you through Book Blogs and signed up to follow you. When you have a chance- please stop by and follow the blog for my middle grade novel that I am hoping to get published. http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

    Take care-
    Jess- although I may show up as Fairday, the main character from my novel. I can't figure out why that happens and I can't fix it. :)



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