So I invented a new character last night. She came out of nowhere, she’s incredibly messed up, and I love her to pieces already. I’m trying to figure out who she physically looks like at the moment. I like to pick out celebrities to physically model my characters after because it makes them come to life for me. This girl is hard to figure out so far, though. Not sure who she looks like! Funny, the male characters are easy…. they all end up either looking like Jensen Ackles or Mark Salling. (Mainly Jensen these days because holy crap do I love that man.) I’m sure her physical characteristics will materialize for me soon. I love new characters. YAY! Of course, this is derailing my other writing plans but as long as I jot down all the notes I can about her, she’ll be ready for me to write when I’m ready to write her. At least my brain is wanting to write right now. Progress!!!
I have a serious problem.
I don’t know my characters. At all. I’m working on some of my very earliest scenes of my novel and the interactions and the dialogue just feels so…wooden. I’ve sketched out their basic personalities but I now realize that I have a lot more still do to. This week, instead of focusing on plot development, I intend to jot down every tiny little thing about them that pops into my head – likes, dislikes, memories, past experiences, regrets, hopes, etc. I have to make them feel more three-dimensional than they do right now in order to write them the way that they deserve.
This “writing a book” thing is exhausting!