So, the other day I said I was all set to start my next novel. I got myself all worked into a tizzy about it, psyched and in the zone and all that bother…and couldn’t do a thing about writing it.
Much as I hate to admit it, and much as I hate doing this part, there’s still a lot of groundwork which has to take place first.
Far as I can tell, I need three basic elements:
- Story idea: check.
- Framework for the story: check.
- Realistic, believable characters: che—whoa. Waitaminnit.
I couldn’t very well charge forward with a story concept or idea laid over my story structure framework without characters, could I?
No, ‘course not. Only a hack would do that…right?
So I need the writerlies to sound off here.
How do you do it? How do you:
- craft well-constructed, well-rounded characters with depth, life, vibrancy and realism?
- create flaws and strengths so your characters aren’t “Mary Sues” or whatever the male equivalent is?
- make a character someone readers can identify (or at least sympathize) with, and
- give them quirks and backhanded traits which make them despicable, lovable, and three dimensional?
I mean, I need it all, yo. Jobs. Back story for each. History for each. History with one another. I need it all, and I won’t move forward without those things firmly in hand. Lord knows, I’ve been there, done that, wrote the book … and it had flat, two dimensional characters.
Anyone’s secret method will work. I myself don’t have one. *Sigh*
Sound off, let me know.