I’ve been running around, working that summer job and writing a novel for NanoWrimo. My goodness, am I tired! You guys are probably doing a lot more than I am, but levels of intensity differ for every person. Now let’s get down to business.
Today, I am going to share some stuff with you guys because I MUST!
And because CAMP NANOWRIMO IS OVER! Until November of course; then it’s time for Nanowrimo (which is a larger version of Camp Nanowrimo). Anyway, I’ve found a couple of things, mostly sites, that I thought would be interesting to share. So you may see a couple of posts with this stuff. Yay!
Writing is big part of my life, and reading is a big part of life in general, otherwise we’d all die of boredom. But when we look at characters we become attached to the characters that are in the forefront. Do you ever wonder about the minor characters? Why were they so involved? Why did they have to die? Maybe the author just needed a catalyst. A scapegoat. Or maybe you needed someone to pass by you in life just for the hell of it. Usually, I need a scapegoat.
Someone’s gotta die.
It just happened to be some random person.
I, honestly, never really thought much about developing a minor character to such an extent that they would have a large amount or even a base background. It really depends, though. I never considered the possibilities of a character who played virtually little to a non-existent role in my work. During NanoWrimo, however, I was sent a message–a link to their blog with occasional advice and stuff–where someone asked whether or not they should develop their minor characters.
I thought, at first, that it was a silly question because what’s so important about a minor character? Doesn’t that really depend on what you plan on doing? I mean, a story doesn’t really evolve around a minor character, per say. Although, you could make a story from the minor characters perspective. I totally think that’s an interesting idea, by the way, but I digress. I believe that all characters have life. They live, they breathe and they live or die depending on what we plan for them. Sometimes they die because we don’t need them anymore, sometimes that death is meaningful….and other times I just find you annoying so you really should just die.
Sorry..I get testy sometimes.
My characters are like that, too–when I don’t have them acting like they’re too cool for school. (Yeah, I totally wrote that). Frequently, I get too involved in a character and build a world around them because something fascinates me, and other times I tear them a new one, but the point is they’re there. They’re on the page. They EXIST. And it’s up to them…and sometimes even you, to decide if they should continue on. I rarely think beyond my story when writing about characters. You have a fixed purpose and you shouldn’t do more than that.
Or should you?
There are times when I wonder about a character. I’ll think of a world where they do live, an alternative to the current set timeline. I recently did that for a character that I killed off in my currently in progress fantasy novel. I really wondered what would happen to this character who I killed off in order to bring my main characters closer together. Then, I thought of the effects of the characters death. It was fun…and enlightening. Especially, when I read the above article.
This little article here gives you some advice on how to approach your character development.
First: sit down and have a chat.
I already do that.
Really, I do. Ask my friend K.M.Alleena. She’ll tell you I’m crazy enough to do it.
I sit down or walk around talking to myself, because let’s face it sitting at a table with a blank notebook or screen just ain’t cutting it. I need to move. I need to delve into the minds of my characters. And become them. Get a sense of them. (Even if that means making one in my own head..if that makes any sense). So this first piece of advice, sit down and have a chat, I agree madam.
Secondly, they say that you should write an autobiography for that character on six things that were the most important events in their lives (something to that effect). That’s pretty cool to do if you have the time.
If you feel that the character has captured your interest, if something you imagined sparks within you to develop them more, even if it ends up having nothing to do with the world/story you created, do it! It could be fun. For all you know, you could potentially have another story in the works.
Inspiration can be found in any place. Even if you have to force it.
Now don’t start squeezing your head to try and get it out.
That’s not safe.
But I do love to see creative advice like this. Even if I decide not to do it. Which is not to say I won’t try this. I think it’s an interesting idea. Maybe I will.
I might try it.
I’ll probably try it.
Imma go try it.
Write! Because writing is your life.
You’re reading this crazy post right now, so you must love reading that much to listen to my insanity. DO IT!
I implore you. Develop your characters. Murder villagers…or not (in your story only please).
But do it if you have that itch. If the words come out from the back of your mind and you can’t help but see potential in this creature you’ve designed. Even if it’s to develop a character who may die later on, but you want to do it to see how far they can go. A world is endless and who knows, maybe you’ll have a new story to tell (novel or short).