Drum roll please…our first guest blogger at This Writer’s Life is Rachel Brimble and she’s sharing her tips about creating characters…
How we create our characters is a question often asked of writers by their readers and aspiring novelists alike…and one I can answer fairly easily. At least, I can tell them the process that works for me. Every writer has a different way of discovering, understanding and learning more about the stars of their next story.
For me, each story starts with a germ of an idea and then it’s a case of finding the right characters to tell the story. So, where do I start?
Firstly, (it’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it…) I trawl the internet looking for pics of hunky men to play my hero. I usually have an idea of his age, hair color, build etc and narrow down actors and models until I find exactly the right face. I then do the same with the heroine and villain, if I have one.
As I’m a very visual writer, I need a physical picture of my main characters pinned to the board above my desk as I work. These pictures will often expand to aspects of my setting, too.
So, with my hero and heroine physically identified, it’s now time to find out who these people are, their goals, motivations and conflicts. Plus, how internally, it seems impossible that these two individuals could ever fall in love.
I work this out with the help of a character sketch sheet where I identify their fears, hopes, dreams and past hurts. Something will usually strike a chord with me and when that happens, I know I’ve found the crux of the character and the part of them that needs to change/heal or develop during the course of the novel. By finding the core of the character’s INTERNAL CONFLICT, this will usually ascertain their goals and motivations, too.
Goal, motivation and conflict in place, the next part of characterisation is finding their voices. I’m very lucky in that I’ve always been able to ‘hear’ my characters very clearly and once I’m happy that I am at one with the hero and heroine (usually around the 30,000 word mark), I can almost always write their dialogue as though I’m taking dictation. Their voices and concerns are that clear to me.
So, there you have it. This is how I create my characters from start to finish – now I just have to find a plot with enough conflict, love and loss to ensure the story turns into a page turner that my readers can’t put down.
As well as writing for the Wild Rose Press, Rachel also has a contemporary romance series with Harlequin Superromance. The Templeton Cove stories is a popular small-town series set in the UK seaside town of Templeton Cove. With a mix of mainstream and romantic suspense stories and a cast of over 35 characters, this is a series guaranteed to delight. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington and is currently writing a brand new Edwardian series.
When Rachel isn’t working, she likes to read, knit and walk the English countryside with her family and beloved chocolate Labrador.
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Rachel’s latest release is IF I WANT YOU (Wild Rose Press) and available now
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