GIVE SPIRIT SOUL TO CHARACTERS
Debbie’s Desk tackles HOW TO CREATE A CHARACTER
that LIVES WITHIN us.
4 tips on;
HOW TO: find a perfect character for your story.
HOW TO: name them.
1. Twilight Teasers.
Midnight madness – it strikes when we least expect it. Have you ever woken in the middle of the night? And in that split second before falling back to sleep, you see an image, maybe a face and it snaps you fully awake. I call these the twilight characters. The moment you think you’re awake but not fully. Who was that? And if it happens to you, could they become the next character in your novel.
2. Childhood Chums
Have you had a stand out friend or foe? How many did you have? Was it only one, or many. Who did you play sport with, meet at camp, engage as a girl/boyfriend/s, or hung around with after school. Weather they are fun, evil or nerdy it matters not, they helped mould you into what you are today. They forever live as memories in your mind. Take them out for a stretch, let them become more than recollections from the past. It you wanted an older personality; ask yourself, what would they like now?
3. Work Wallies.
Come on you must have had some real doosies. The ones who think they own the company. Hands up if you sat back and bitched about someone, secretly jealous and wishing you could be them. Right there! This is a great character. Why not become that girl or that guy who has the whole work place is buzzing because they shine. It’s now your turn to shine, you be that person.
4. Mind Midgets
These are the many forms of personalities we own. The ones we use every day help us adapt to circumstances around us. The maddening even loveable midget conscious characters that have us laugh, cry, and be impulsive, jealous, nervous, gung-ho. I could go on and on, but as you can guess, inside we create our own mind field of explosive entertainers. Because of this, you may never need to use tips 1-3. Or are these midgets a result of 1-3. How did we learn these emotions if it weren’t through experience with others? I will leave that thought up to each individual.
Lastly, how do we name these multitudes of characters we invent? That’s easy. Enter the first name that pops into your head … please, no real names. That is so uncool and not kind. Even if you are saying to yourself, I write this just for me. Nobody else will ever read it. Guess what … your friends and family will want to! Once you put your heart into such a project, it becomes a read for so many that will love it too. So I will say this again, use another name, Bill, Joe blow, anything but the real McCoy.
Okay so now let’s get serious. You’re starting to put words to paper and this is more than just a short story. Google or go to the library and take out a book of baby names, at least 10,000 to give you a good scope. Flip open the book anywhere and the first name you see is most likely the name that fits your hero/heroine. If not, try mixing the name up with another. I put an X in Aron and came up with Axon. On googling it later found it was a scientific term of such. However, the name stuck and now he has become, Lord of the Planets in my series.
Whatever name you chose, have it sit right with you and if not, change it. Ask FB friends or put it to a writers group. Talk to family and colleagues; ask what they might call them. Start others talking about your story and get an early fan base.
And lastly, GOOD LUCK with finding that GUTSY CHARACTER and perfect NAME. It’s there, inside just waiting to come out.
GO ON put PEN to PAPER and START WRITING about THEM today!