Wednesday, March 9, 2011
A matter of character
OK, fellow writers. Query time.
How do you create/deal with your characters in fiction?
Do you wing it? Give them detailed character traits, histories, etc?
Not-so-detailed information and discover as you go along writing?
I am curious. I have a pile of stories ideas. I am realizing that in addition to “real life” excuses, some of the ideas just won't gel, and I believe it is a matter of not having a handle on the characters.
I have plots, some neat trappings, but I need to execute those with characters that matter, or really – who cares? And, I know that if you throw three different people (characters) in a room, their traits and habits and reactions and interaction will also create/drive plot.
I realize some of my stronger stories were ones where I made an instant (and easier) connection and intuition with the characters.
So, what do you do when you need to get to know your characters, and it doesn't happen off-the-cuff?