Welcome to September! Geez, where has the year gone?!?!?!?!
Anywho, a new month means a new sisterhood topic. This month, Sarah Fine at The Strangest Situation has come up with an awesome question!
How do you develop your characters? Do you flesh out the details before (like writing as that character, writing backstory, or filling out a questionnaire about their preferences and history) or invent as you go?
I have a pretty consistent pattern when it comes to decision making and idea development.
I let my subconscious (or, as Freud would say, unconscious) mind do all the work. Sounds easy, right?
Problem is, my subconscious mind often goes on its own schedule so it’s not like I can say, “Hey, Subconscious, I need a story idea and a cast of characters by next Thursday.” Cuz my subconscious mind will say, “Pfft. Sure, no problem, but you’ll have to wait.”
So that’s what I do.
It may take a couple days or it may takes weeks and months for my brain to come up with something, but once it does, then I know I’m ready to pursue the idea.
Okay, okay. I’m hearing some of you say, “But why don’t you just free write or write character sketches or something, to get the ideas flowing?”
Those are GREAT ideas, but they don’t work for me. If I actively make a character up, it feels forced, fake, and *gasp!* cliche.
Additionally, if I get going along in a project and an idea strikes me, I may include it in as part of my character’s development. In that regard, it is an evolving process too.
I often find my dreams to be a wealth of information as well. But, really, that’s my subconscious mind at work too, you know?
How about you? How do you develop your characters?
Lydia will be taking the reins next week to describe how she develops her characters. I can’t wait to read it!