The Rogues’ conversation this week was too intriguing to pass up, so as long as we’re talking about character creation, I’ll toss my two cents in – then I’m out of here.
Dorian Nettles came to “be” as I wondered how my conservative-self could
create a character even marginally as colorful and endearing as Georgie Mae,
David or Marty. Using the old “what if”” method of brainstorming, I jotted characteristics on index cards: loyal, restless, intelligent, fearful, courageous; a woman who cared deeply about her sacred relationships that are admittedly few, but mean the world to her. How far would she go to protect them? What things haunted her and motivated her? What “secret” would she hate to have exposed?
What sort of situations would showcase her qualities, either by testing them or
showing them off? What kind of parents, education, morality, and socio-economic factors would she have been exposed to? Oh yes, all these questions went into my
cauldron (a/k/a brain) and stewed for weeks. And then, when I was right up against the first deadline, after seeing a Georgie Mae chapter, a David chapter and a Marty chapter, I realized exactly who Dorian needed to be – and why. And then the “what ifs” shifted into scenes and the character took over the writing. The Method Writers were off and running. Or is that the Rogues were off and running? I keep getting this mixed up.
But you’ll sort it all out when you read The Method Writers which will be out in October!
How about sharing what you look for in characters that you read, or how you develop your characters, if you’re a writer? We’d love to hear from you!