Building Characters by Building a Secret Identity

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Blogging, writing, Writing-Exercises | Tags: , , , , |

Having trouble building characters for your fiction? Consider building a secret identity.

Consider what would happen if you needed to build a secret identity. How would you build your own witness protection program? Where would you move? Make a list of candidates of places to live, and research them. Make certain to pick at least a few places you have never lived, and consider somewhere like Lincoln, Nebraska instead of New York City.

Then consider what kind of person you would become if you moved there. If you have the time and money to do it, after you have written your preliminary character sketch, visit one of the places where you have never been. Take a camera and a notepad. Take pictures and make notes. Is it really the way you envisioned?

Who would you be in this new place? Once you can answer this, you may find you have new insights on how to build characters.

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All Night Character Sketch Marathon

Posted on January 7, 2011. Filed under: Life After Nano, Staying-With-It, writing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Started writing character sketches (using Scrivener’s way to organize things), and stayed up all night doing them. Upped my word count to 28588, so 30K is now within another day’s writing. Seems like I might be getting things going again, a much needed restart, but now I have to sleep.

BOTD:  http://writingyourfirstnovel.wordpress.com/

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BOTD: Sandra Miller’s Tips on Character Development

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: Writer-Tools, writing | Tags: , , , , |

BOTD (Blog of the Day) is Sandra Miller’s tips on character development.  From that site:

Remember when you are doing character development work that although your main concern is the parts of that character that are relevant to the story, that isn’t your only concern.  Anything about your character is worth writing down, and you never can tell when the oddest detail from your character sketch will actually show up in the story.

Sandra also provides Character Development Exercises and a Character Development Template.

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BOTD: Sandra Miller’s Tips on Character Development

Posted on April 23, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

BOTD (Blog of the Day) is Sandra Miller’s tips on character development.  From that site:

Remember when you are doing character development work that although your main concern is the parts of that character that are relevant to the story, that isn’t your only concern.  Anything about your character is worth writing down, and you never can tell when the oddest detail from your character sketch will actually show up in the story.

Sandra also provides Character Development Exercises and a Character Development Template.

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Writing Partners and Growing Characters

Posted on March 26, 2009. Filed under: Writing-Partners | Tags: , , , , , |

For the first time ever, I have a face to face writing partner.  I have an unpublished novel, and he wants to get started and he looks to me for ideas.  But, I feel like the blind leading the blind.  Still, he forces me to think about what I say and think about writing.  We have been discussing character development.  Working on his characters, I realize that I need to be growing mine again.

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