Mind Mapping works for me:
In a critique group I asked the writers to list the people they’d rubbed shoulders with that day or that week. I also took the challenge and drew out my diagram. Each of us were amazed at the lives we touched.
The same happens with our fiction characters. If I want my main character to amount to anything, the reader needs to see them connecting with others:
- Those who appreciate them and those who don’t.
- The people they choose to ignore.
- The neighbor they haven’t spoken to in years.
- The childhood friend who disappointed them.
We also need to see their dreams and goals.
- Will they see the dream come to pass?
- How will they respond if they never see the dream fulfilled?
- Are their goals realistic?
- Do they share their goals or hide them, afraid others won’t understand?
I’ve written and sold non-fiction, but last November I took the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge to write 50,000 words in one month. I managed to first draft over 68,000. What a great reminder on character building. One of my big problems—I have a couple faultless characters.
New goal—create flawed humans!
|Not Necessarily Physically Flawed|
Katherine J. Crawford, author of Capsules of Hope: Survival Guide for Caregivers, is published in sixteen compilations and numerous articles. Known as the Lionhearted Kat, she resides in Omaha, Nebraska. Visit Kat’s website lionheartedkat.com.Read her journal through breast cancer and the loss of her husband: www.caringgiver/visit/org.
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