Happy Easter to those who celebrate and Happy Sunday for those who don't.
Seriously though, how do you identify the voices in your head and create the wonderful characters that just leap off the page?
We all know those characters, the ones we identify with, the ones we wish we were, the ones we love to hate, etc. How do we create them? Do we open the file cabinet in our heads and pull out a thick file with your characters complete dossier already worked out? Or how about this, a name gets stuck in your head and damned if you aren't going to create a character based on that name. Oh wait! I know, you've always envied this one person in your life and imagined yourself in their shoes, so like Walter Mitty you begin to create an alternate reality for this person, crafting your story as you go.
|Who is she???|
You get the idea. Now obviously you don't have to answer every question but answering a lot of them will help you flesh out your characters. You can tailor the questions to the story you are writing as well and get rid of the questions that don't apply. The thing is this: The more developed your characters are the more your reader will connect with them. You want the reader to have a visceral reaction to what happens to their favorite characters. You want them to identify with them. If you are writing a fight scene, you want your reader to feel the anxiety, tension and fear that your character is feeling.
So yeah, characters, aka the voices in your head, help identify them-ask questions.
Ciao for now!