Of all of the pieces necessary for creating an interesting story, I would have to say that character creation is one of my favorite. To be able to dive into the psychology (more on that April 18th) of a fictional being, and all the quirks that make them feel human is one of the most profound joys of writing for me.
I have a lot of characters in my ‘trunk’. More characters than I have stories, and that may or may not be a good thing. They have come to me in dreams, while talking to friends, while plotting, and while free-writing with N J––a technique of world and character building that I highly encourage, if you can find another person who “meshes” with your overall style.
An interesting divergence between my style of creating characters and a popular stereotype for authors is that I rarely, willfully base a character off of someone in my real life. I understand why it is done, but the one thing I hear rather frequently on writing boards is “Oh, that person made you angry? Don’t worry. Just write them into your next novel and kill them off.”
I don’t really understand that mentality. If I don’t like someone, I’m not going to give them any more energy than I need to, and I certainly wouldn’t put them in the pages of one of my stories. Besides, my characters feel real to me. I have conversations with them… sometimes they comment for no reason on a story they’re not even in, etc. But it’s all a part of growing up their personality, and I really love that.
One of my characters in particular has become sort of the devil on my shoulder, of sorts. Migi (translated as “right”, as in right-handed, in Japanese) is a literal demon, and he’s sort of integral to reminding me that happy endings aren’t always assured, and that the best people always have the worst luck. He keeps my writing honest.
So, I guess, if I was going to agree with a few someecards, these fit the bill:
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