Posts Tagged ‘characters’

I have a fun question for you all, and I really hope I get some responses on this.

The Question: Do you ever envision certain actors playing the roles of your characters and, if so, who would you cast in the different roles?

I’ve always thought it would be fun to figure out who would play my characters in a movie. I even envision different actors playing roles in other people’s books. The one that I have the most trouble with is Agent Pendergast in the books by Lincoln and Child.I can’t for the life of me pick a good actor to play him.

How about it? Any ideas?


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I finished up my novella last night Yay! Now the editing starts. The bad thing is that there are more problems in this story than there have been in my previous ones, at least in my opinion. There is one major problem that I see, and my friend and cover designer, Anya Kelleye also saw the same thing. I need to figure out how to fix that. There are also some characters that need fleshing out. I have a bad habit of ignoring minor characters because I don’t care about them. I’m kind of like that when I’m reading, too, so it naturally sneaks into my writing. But I’m not sure how much one needs to know about a minor character. Do readers really care about them? Does it depend on how minor they are? When there are a dozen characters in your book, how many of them need back stories? So many questions. Grrrrrr!

Anyway, the editing process begins. After that, final proofreading. I hope to have a few other eyes on this story before I take a final look. I wanted to have this published by the beginning of June, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. But, if I’m lucky, it will be done by the middle of June. By that time I’ll have my son’s wedding and my trip to NYC out of the way.

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I’m about to catch up, I think, from my six days off. I’m only a little over 600 words behind, which is better than the 2800 I was behind.

One thing I’ve realized while writing in first person for the very first time. It’s really hard to flesh out the other characters. You can only know them through their actions. It’s a challenge.

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As of right now, I’m about a day behind in word count. But at one point I was almost three days behind, so not too bad. I can make up that extra 500-600 words in no time.

My problem right now is that I feel like my story is dragging a little. I don’t want to get into the action too quickly, but I’m afraid I’ve put in too much stuff that’s unnecessary. But at the same time, I’ve had complaints, especially in the novellas, that I didn’t put in enough about the characters or the places. There are some people who want more detail and some who want less. You can’t please everyone. So what do you do? I just don’t want the story to drag on and on until the scary part starts. One thing I need to go back and do is give a little back story on the male MC. I don’t think we know enough about him.

So, here’s some questions. Do you like to know a lot or just a little about the characters in a book? Do you care about the minor characters? How much do you want to know about them? And do you want to delve deeply into the psyche of the MC’s, or do you just want to get to the action?

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I’m posting this knowing that I may be the only person who even reads it.  So far, I’ve had no comments, so the people who know about this blog either are not reading or are just lurking.

Back to the topic.  A lot of authors, including a good friend of mine, believe in outlines.  They meticulously write out every thought, and organize the story line, character, etc.  Most wouldn’t even think about starting a novel without the outline.  I’m just a little bit different.  I start with a general idea, and the story flows from there.  This makes writing a little more exciting, because I have no idea what’s going to happen next.  I have a pretty good idea what the ending is going to be like, but not exactly.  What seems to happen is that my characters take on a life of their own.  Instead of telling them what to do, they are doing what they want to do.  Sometimes they surprise me.  If any writers are out there reading this, let me know how you write.  Outline…or not.  What are the pros and cons of each?

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