So I was recently writing just random 5 page stories about various own characters of mine. They were nothing serious, just a pass time in fact, that I decided would be fun to do rather than continue a long story that I’d been working on for some time. And it gave me an idea.
Tip of today’s post : Ensure you know your characters thoroughly before attempting to use them.
I know what you’re thinking. “Oh, that’s a generic tip. I know all my characters like the back of my hand!” You’d be surprised how much you can learn about your own characters simply by writing a short story about them. There may be parts of their personality or backstory that can be developed much further than you had initially thought.
I used to make mistakes like this. I look back at some previous things I’ve written and look at how much my characters personality seems to change by the second, and that’s not intentional. It stands out when a character’s voice, actions and beliefs change from a writers lack of knowledge of their own creations.
It’s for this reason that learning about your characters is vital in creating a good own character. Unless the character is designed to have a constantly changing mentality, it can really destroy what could be a great person in your writing.
So tonight, or whenever you have free time, try writing short stories starring one or two of your characters. I also want to get much more involved with my followers, so feel free to email me(firstname.lastname@example.org) or add me on Skype (Fenris Prisema) to show me your work, or even just leave it in the comments for others to see too. Of course it’s only if you’re willing.
Don’t worry, I won’t steal your ideas. I promise.