30 Days of Writing: Day Nine (a day late)

How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.

Oh boy.

I don’t sit down and make lengthy sheets about my characters likes/dislikes. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work. They feel forced.

I create my characters through discovery. I write them and write them, putting them in different situations. Sometimes I write their thoughts, their feelings. After I’ve gotten a sense of them, I feel that I can develop their histories.

I can’t force personality traits onto them. My character Pryce was supposed to be a real jerk, turns out he’s probably the sweetest character I’ve created–Griffin, my take on the Invisible Man, is the jerk. The two of them are a blast to write together.

They adapt, too, based on their experiences. Which is great for me. I’m always learning something new about them.

After I’ve worked with them for a while, I can play with what they represent, etc. This part is fun…I’m having a blast playing with the idea of a pliant mind versus a immovable one.

3 thoughts on “30 Days of Writing: Day Nine (a day late)

  1. My characters evolve in much the same way. They’re certainly different people at the end (end? does it ever end?) from what they were when I started writing my stories. The protagonist I’m working on right now has been stomping about in my head for years, but it was only recently that I had a revelation (revelation? maybe comprehension?) that completely changed his motivations.

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