Monday, September 17, 2012

Developing characters

Hi there! I know I’ve been silent for a while, but no worry; I’m still here and writing. I recently began a third draft on my contemporary fantasy. It’s going well. Last week, I managed to successfully reinvigorate and redefine the first four chapters of the novel, despite having to fight off a nasty cold. But in doing so, I also realized how much details are missing in this story. Geez, a whole lot. My biggest challenge however, is to give my lead character a gripping personality. She’s a bit too meek right now (boring). Sadly, she’s not one of those spunky, colorful characters that write themselves. She’s more of a normal person, and that’s what makes her difficult to pen down. But I think I’ve found the perfect angle for her: the thing that makes her tick, the thing that readers will connect with. It means more revisions, but it’s worth it. Wish me luck!