Last time, I wrote about creating a writing plan. Have you done that already? Have you decided what type of writing interests you? If you’re writing a story of any kind, developing dynamic characters is one of the most important aspects that you need to focus on.
I find that the best characters don’t come from my imagination, but from people I know or have met. As I sat down to start writing my new book, Elena Ransom and the Island Station Amulet, I decided that her life would an exaggeration of experiences in my own childhood. Even though this story is set 300 years in the future, I wanted the reader to feel as if the characters were someone they knew from their own lives.
Writing an exaggerated version of the truth should provide you with the perfect villain, hero, best friend, love interest, or annoying sidekick in any story you write. Also, this method allows the story to come alive in a different way for each reader.
So, think about people in your own life. Could you twist and exaggerate your family, friends, and enemies and then weave them into your story?
Put your cell phone down. Think about the people you know. They don’t all talk the same or have the same mannerisms. What type of characters will you develop for your story?
Next time, we’ll talk about creating dialogue for each character because what they say and sound like should be specific to who they are. This is the only way your reader can get a sense of each individual. Good dialogue can move a story along, but excellent dialogue can make a story come alive.
Doing life together, my Epic Inkers…
Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!