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Do you know the characters in your book from a to z?

How well do you know the characters in your book?

Yes, you will give the readers a physical description as well as mental and emotional attributes. Well, hopefully, you do.

But how well do you know your character inside and out? If someone asked you about them, would you be able to answer them satisfactorily?

Creating characters in our books is not as simple as throwing lines against a wall and see how many, if any, will stick. We, as readers, need to be invested in them to keep the pages turning.

Creating personalities in one’s manuscript is part of being a writer. The better you are in tune with your characters, the better read it will be

I tend to talk to my characters as if they are real. I have conversations going back and forth, which map out things I might not have thought of before. It is odd, and I suggest you don’t do this in public but getting a good grasp of this imaginary human is vital. And unless you take the time to do this right, one can’t be surprised if people turn on the very same characters you say you love.

Screenwriters are amazing but infuriating

Screenwriters are a breed of writers that make us laugh, cry and get angry. They give us movies that will invoke all kinds of emotions.

But as you are watching a movie, do you ever wonder at some of the lines you hear?

One of my favorites is when someone hears a noise, and that person turns to their friend. “What is that?” to “Who’s out there?”

How in the blue hell do they know? Did you not come down from the same staircase at the same time? Is the villain going to say loud and clear, “It is I, the bad guy of the movie coming to kill you.”

I know you can come up with other lines that make you wonder.

Being a screenwriter is a bit different than other writers. You have to say so much that the actors will convey on film. But can you give the audience some credit that they have some sense?

I know my family is getting tired of me fussing at the TV when I hear a line or see a scene and have to say something.

There are times my mind can wrap the brain around a script and enjoy the movie. But if it is missing key components that stalls my brain in accepting all that is on the screen, my mind will wander. After that happens, I will start looking at the reasons why it does not work.

Movie tickets are not cheap. How about giving us a little more than worn-down lines that every genre in film leans on? How about doing a better job in writing it out? A good actor can make most films sing from the rooftop. But they can only do so much regardless of how talented they are.

How developed are your characters?

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How much of your personality goes into your books? Do any of the characters share any of your qualities? Do you create a character of someone you know? Maybe you create a character with traits you wish you had. To date, I have not done that with any of my books that are fiction.

Developing characters is fun to do, yet it does require an author to step back and mull over how this “person” will appear to the readers.

Some characters your readers will fall in love with others they will hate that will propel the storyline. But having a lack lusting person won’t do you and your book any favors.

One should not rush into this. You create a physical description, but you also have to include mental and emotional aspects. You need a well-rounded person, one that the reader can invest in love or hate and imagine in their head.

I have had children ask me about Jasper and if he is in any way like he is in the book. It is an easy question with Jasper being a member of our family in real life. It is easy to put into the book his personalities and antics I have observed over the years.

I am striving for this with the books I write in other genres. I want my fans to see my characters in their minds. I want them to have a range of emotions concerning the characters as they turn the pages toward the end.

If I don’t spend the time beforehand and mull over how to develop my cast, they won’t go very far.