2016 #ROW80 Round 4: Check-In #13
Funny thing about knowing your characters… I normally don’t.
Before I can start writing a story, I need to know three essential things: the two MCs names & the book title. Without those, I can’t write a single word. I try to know my characters age as well since I write mostly about middle-aged men. Other than that, I let the characters tell me everything about them. And sometimes, by the end of the story, I still don’t know every fact.
I realized that today more than any other time. I was asked by my publisher to give them some basic information about one of my characters and I drew a blank. I knew his name, some family history, his sexuality, and his age. I had to think about everything else. How I found out the information I needed? I let the character talk to me again. I asked him questions and answered them from his perspective. I might not know everything about them, but I sure know how they think and react.
In the end, everything worked out. I wrote the post I needed for my book promotion, learned a bit more about one of my characters, and got the inspiration for a scene in the next book in the series. A win, win indeed.
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