Letting a Character Move In(to your head)

I write, as you know.  For me, I write therefore I am.

I write professionally in fits and starts these days, but most of my work is for my own enjoyment.

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Character Creation is a Process       Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

One of the many complicated side effects of being a long-term writer, is living with the characters.

I share my head with a varied cast of characters who make up the leading roles in whatever I am writing at present.

I encourage them to live with me whilst I write about them, because I want to get to know them. I want to look at an event that happens to me, no matter how mundane, and ask them – how would you respond? How would you get on with this situation? What would you say?

The lead in my current novel is called Eloise May. She is a ships quartermaster – in space.

I’ve enjoyed researching what she would be doing and how she would be living and the whole working out her character. She’s been a challenge to write and I have really gotten on well with her.

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The Final Frontier                    Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

It has also been fun mixing up my love of space, astronomy, physics and sci-fi to carve out this story.

However, I have had to really use those skills I accrued as an actress (maaannnnyyy moons ago) to develop her as a character and encourage her to pull up a stool inside the bouncy world of my imagination and tell me all about herself.

She’s also proven to be a comic character at times too, which has come much easier to me to write than I thought it would.

I think it is so important to share your brain and your heart with a character you are writing – no matter how good or bad they are.

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A villain, lurking…. Photo by Rene Asmussen on Pexels.com

I struggle more to write villains, because I am someone who will always try to see the best in people, so I tend to write characters who are just fatally flawed and a bit misunderstood.

The challenge I think, would be to write a properly evil person, but I feel they’d become too paper thin, like a cartoon baddie.

My stories don’t currently call for a baddie right now, but… it’s just on the to do list….

I hope your writing efforts are working out well and that you also have fun sharing your head with your current characters too!



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