Characters of our Lives
Eight years ago this month I fell in love with a boy. Smart, funny, devoted, and slightly crazy. He is mine and I am his. Yet, the first couple of years were rough in the defining of the relationship. Boundaries and roles had to be drawn. Some things had to develop organically, instead of fitting into a structure of my own expectations. I had to resist the occasional urge to bop his nose with a newspaper – figuratively.
Character building is much like having a new relationship. We start out with a preconceived notion of the who, how, and what they are. We document back stories and front stories, give them attributes we think they should have. Only to have them become more that the parameters set, becoming unruly or inspiring in their voices. If a character is too perfect, evil, good, or something, I’ll close the book forever. And that is a crime.
- How Characters Are Like Mirrors (kevinbasilbooks.wordpress.com)
- Love or Hate: Do Main Characters Have to be Likeable? (addictivestory.wordpress.com)
- Five Reasons to Fully Develop Your Characters (joeberhardt.com)