Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Keeping Up With Your Characters

This blog was written by Temple Hogan, posted by someone else.

Nothing is more gratifying than to have a fan who loves your book and even more loves your characters so they become real. They even remember the secondary characters! So it’s disconcerting when you’re talking to a fan and they refer to a character that you can’t remember. You see the disappointment in their expressions. You can see them thinking but this person (character) is so important to me, why is it no longer important to the writer who created him? Well, here is my answer.
Creating a character is a heady process. You live with this fictional person for months, you go to bed and get up with him and brush your teeth with him. The is ever in your mind. You’re finding out every secret, every thought, every flaw that character possesses and you’re deciding his fate. Is he good enough, strong enough to be the leading man, does he possess enough courage to see the story through to the end. Will the reader love him or find him too aggressive, too passive. As a writer, you begin to know the shape of his body, the way he smells, the husky rumble of his voice. And the heroine? Oh-la-la! She takes you over. You’re no longer a writer hunched over a key board trying to bring this story along, you become the heroine with no aching knees or torn ligaments, no tired feet, no dishes in the sink or toilets to be scrubbed. You don’t have to worry about what’s for dinner or if your son forgot his homework of if the dog just chewed up your favorite pair of designer shoes.

1 comment:

Tess Grant said...

I remember one of my characters was just difficult. She had all these issues and drove me insane! By the end of the book, I wanted to kill her--too bad she's the heroine.