I recently went back to work on my NaNo novel. I decided that, before I edited (and rewrote) too much, I should gather all the background information that I didn’t do the first time. So, I am redoing my outline, accommodating the new direction, and creating character and setting descriptions.
Yesterday, I spent the day making the characters who I want them to be. For the most part, I used the characteristics I had already written, only making changes to accommodate the plot changes. I finished the questionnaire I use for two characters, and am hoping to get to the remaining characters today.
I woke up this morning with a headache on a rainy day. To be honest, I was feeling a little cranky. When the dog decided it would be a great idea to eat some leaves off of Pookie’s favorite tree, my mood sank even further.
Add to that the issues I am having with my new phone (my brother and I switched over the weekend), and everyone should be glad that they are not in my house today.
I debated going back to bed, but instead I went to the computer, hoping some writing would put me in a better mood. I talked to a few #pubwriters, which always helps. Then I started flipping through the open windows on my computer, trying to figure out where I left off. That’s when I saw it.
I have mentioned this before, but I was given the suggestion to use pictures of an actor or model for a visual of my characters. Yesterday, as I was developing the characters, I also put together photo collages of people I felt looked most like them.
One of the collages, of a character named Matt, was still open on my computer.
Now, this is probably my favorite character in the book. He is extremely intelligent, hardworking, loyal, with a heart of gold. That is not to say he is perfect—he certainly is not.
This is a character that wasn’t supposed to be in the story. He just popped up as a minor character, then kept showing back up. He ended up being a main character in a storyline that I hadn’t planned on at all. He simply took on a life of his own, but made the story better in the long run.
At one point in the story, two characters sit and talk about Matt, comparing him to Jeffrey Dean Morgan. So, of course, I created a photo collage with 15 pictures of JDM. Rough job, really. 🙂
As I looked at the collage, I pictured this character, not the actor, smiling out at me from the computer. And it made me smile. I am not sure how or why, but it instantly transported me to another place, and gave me the motivation to get to work.
Obviously, this character has a story to tell (after all, he is pretty persistent!), and it is my job to tell it. And that realization just made my day. 🙂
Have you ever had a character come out of nowhere and then take over the story? Or a character that the mere thought of made you smile? For those that use pictures of actors for a visual of characters, when you see the actor in a movie or on television, do you see the character they are playing, or do you automatically see the character they are playing in your book?
Does anyone else think those pictures would have made me smile even if they weren’t tied to such a great character? 😉
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