Behind the scenes (Part one).
When writing a novel, some authors compose character profiles, listing each individual’s characteristics, physical apperance, and so on. This gives the writer something to refer to, in order to maintain consistancy. It’s especially useful if the author has a dodgy memory, or there’re a lot of characters; it builds a solid foundation on which to build the plot.
I may be stating the obvious, but what about a character’s back story to add to your authorly tool kit, as well? Creating a character’s background, helps to make that “person” three dimensional. It keeps in mind why this individual does what he/she does, what their purpose in life is, and what goals they hope to achieve. Like the character profiles, this is an aid to enhancing the plot and giving the readers something solid to latch onto.
All the characters I’ve created for The Silver Flute Trilogy are very real to me. I spent a lot of time thinking about each and every one of them, perhaps endowing them with traits of real people I’ve met, or celebrities I like, mixing and matching, and blending those traits in order to create a whole new personality.
In my next post, I’ll give an example of how I arrived at the principal character, Jeremiah Tully, and the reasons why I made him into what he is. 🙂
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