tad late as is this blog.Well, maybe
more than a tad but better very late than never.I was dealing with some severe pain issues as
the start of February.That is improving
at last. I find I can now concentrate enough again to string words into
sentences. Or so we shall see.
Iaon Gruffudd Bing Image
Characters can come upon me at any time--I write historicals
so, male or female, they are alwaysdressed differently in my mind than in
today’s world. Redcoats and naval blue--what's not to love?
Sometimes, like with
Jamey Vincouer, they just appear fully fleshed and ready to do battle.As with many in the Honour series I “knew”
them when I saw them.Sometimes this was
just in my head.But I do remember that
with Samuel Goodchurch, aka “Preacher” due to his bible quoting tendency, that
I had a vague idea what he looked until I saw a man at church one evening. It
is rather embarrassing to have your husband ask you why you were ogling a
stranger during church services.Good
thing I didn’t have a camera with me.
Other times it takes a while.I’ll see a photo or someone on tv or in a movie
and they stay with me.Over time they
morph in looks and develop a personality all their own. I don’t believe I have
ever drawn anyone whole and complete from real life.Rather I combine characteristics and
personality traits that I admire or don’t as the case may be to form new
individuals. Many I believe are made up of parts and pieces of the thousands of
characters I’ve encountered in the books I have read.
Sometimes the story comes first and the characters are
magically plotted along with it by whatever strange function the brain
uses.This used to really worry me for
sanity’s sake until I learned it happens with other writers.
For characters that just “appear” whole and complete except
their growth during a story I seldom do a character chart.But Lucien Merristorm, the hero in Honour’s Redemption proved to be an
extremely difficult character for me when it came to his growth arc.Lucian had been on a downward spiral through
the previous three Honour books and I thought I knew him well.When it came to his own book I ran into a
brick wall about half way through the story.In the end I did a character chart which didn’t help. In the end I did
an emotional change/growth chart as I followed the synopsis. This enabled me to
get a much firmer grasp on Lucien and I finished the book which will be
published later this year.
Do you ever imagine characters or lives about characters from books you've read?
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