Last Friday in our workshop, Before the Words, we talked about what goes into creating a memorable character in Part One: It Starts With A Character.
Creating a character is one of the most enjoyable parts of writing a novel. It’s like going to a party, meeting new people and making new and interesting friends. The exercise we gave out last week was to take some of our tips and see if you could create one for your own.
As we mentioned in yesterday’s post we’d like to see what you’ve done. From now until next Friday show us your chops in our comment section. Post your character here or give us an overview. Or if you want, write a short scenario with your character in it. Tell us a story!
Speaking of telling your story…here is one last final tidbit to consider when creating your exciting, wonderful character. Their voice. Every character has their own special way of speaking, a dialect, a special inflection perhaps, or that certain key phrase that sprinkles into their voice from years of upbringing and habit. Don’t make the newbie mistake of having all of your characters sound like they just stepped out of Mrs. Marple’s eighth Grade English class! It’s likely that not even Mrs. Marple speaks perfect English all the time. So break the rules! Write bad English in your dialogue! Rebel! It’s the one time you are allowed to get away with it and believe me, your readers will thank you.
So, how did you do? We’re really curious to see what you came up with. It’s time to pass those assignments forward and take your turn. The spotlight is on you! Tell us what you learned from the experience. Or if you’re still struggling, share that too. Sometimes all a writer needs is a little brainstorming to get something going. We promise to be gentle and helpful. No trashing or mean commentary allowed, we are all here to grow, help and encourage each other.
If you think you’ve got too much to put into a comment, email your sheet and thoughts to us and we’ll feature it as a case study next week. This is YOUR writing circle! Go for it!