10 February 2009

Fun With Characters

I've realized that the reason I've been having difficulties with my new story is that I don't yet know my characters well enough to write about them. I'm not sure why; I didn't have this problem with my last book. But somewhere between then and now I lost that character-finding spark, so I'm doing my best to find it again.

It seems to be working. Yesterday at work I took ten minutes during lunch to start thinking about my newest hero and heroine, and how their family life/developmental years shaped who they are. I ended up taking copious notes and coming to a couple of startling revelations about these people.

I still have more work to do before I start writing in earnest, but I'm pleased by the progress I've made so far. I'm even more pleased by the revelation that I'm having fun - something I haven't associated with my writing in years.

It'll be interesting to see how all of this shakes out.


Nan said...

Cool! My favorite part of writing is when I "feel" the characters fully form. It gives me a rush- :)