THE “PERFECT” CHARACTER

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In The Perfect Character, I point out there is no such thing!  What we as writers must do is create the character that is perfect for our purposes.  Does every aspect of the character create the picture we are intending to create?  Will the reader be convinced the character you’ve got carrying out Action X is actually capable of doing so?  In a longer piece of fiction, you often need to write several thousand words before you really know your characters but this is where the rewrite is your friend!  (And you can have as many of those as you like!).

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Character Building explores what I think is one of the most fun aspects of writing fiction.  You get to create your own people and, unlike Doctor Frankenstein, remain in control of the whole process!  I start with the dominant trait of a character, work out whether they would get on well with others or not (and explore the reasons), whether they have a sense of humour or not (doesn’t that tell you so much about someone in itself?).  Funnily enough the physical description of a character is nearly always one of the last things Ii think about.

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I share news of my book launch (8th July) which will be held at my local railway station. Debut authors makes tracks, anyone?

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I met Jennifer C Wilson (author of the Kindred Spirit series) at the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School last August and got on really well – with Swanwick and with each other!  (We’ve already booked for this year’s Summer School!).  Jennifer kindly reviewed my book and I share the link to that, though I recommend having a good look at her blog.  Fascinating reading – and ideas for trips out in the Sunday Soujourn spot!  (And huge amounts of kudos to anyone who has managed to get Soujourn back into usage – it’s a lovely sounding word).

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My debut flash fiction collection from Chapeltown Books

My debut flash fiction collection from Chapeltown Books

 

 

QUIZZING AND IDEAS FINDING

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In Quizzing I share some questions that can be put to your characters to help you find out more about them (especially their hidden depths) before you write for/about them.  I look at whether they have any regrets (a useful thing to know given regrets can change/inhibit behaviour) and what they really want.  There are, of course, lots of questions you could put to a character but I think the three I’ve shared here are amongst the most useful you could ask.

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Ideas Finding lives up to its title!  I share a few sources of ideas, including proverbs, headlines, themes from songs etc, all of which I’ve found useful “spark” generators.

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I look at the current series of Doctor Who and share some of what I love about the show, especially the “layers” to the writing here.

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I share another extract from when I was interviewed by fellow writer, Jacci Gooding.  (Her short story collection, A Collection of Unsettling Stories, really does live up to its name!).  I take a look at the million dollar question – where do I find my ideas?

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My second post here tonight looks at the genre in which I write and what drew me to it.

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Themes pour out of good books - image via Pixabay

Themes, and ideas, pour out of a good book.  Image via Pixabay