A Master Character List
Do you know all your characters? What they look like, what do they like, don’t like? What are their jobs? The purpose for them in your novel? Don’t know the answers? Well, it is time for us to create our Master List. This is where we write it all down. Nothing bugs me more than a character whose eyes change color halfway through the book because the author couldn’t remember what they looked like. Take the time to sit down and create a diagram of each of your characters. Throw down a description and a brief bio of who this ‘person’ is and what motivates them. Keep this handy so you can refer back to it when you get stuck. And you will.
Are you stuck? I am. I am annoyed and tired (which doesn’t help) and frustrated with people. Why? It doesn’t matter. In 2 days, I won’t remember either so let’s move on. Coffee. I am going to get another cuppa and make some scrambled eggs for breakfast and then chat more with you. Wanna come? Meet me in the kitchen/breakroom and bring your mug. I’m sure it needs to be washed. Those dark rings aren’t cute sweetie. Wash, rinse, and fill it up. Grab a nibble from the cabinet and meet me out on the reading rug. Don’t forget your copy of The Novel Writer’s Toolkit by Bob Mayer. We are on page 30. Ready…set…read along with me.
Maps of Locales
If you get lost, then your reader doesn’t stand a chance. Get yourself an atlas or maps of the location you are setting your story. If you can’t afford these things, then go where I always tell you to go – the library. Use what is available to you.
If you get details wrong…people will know. If you are creating your own world then create your own map. Your readers will. Think about the maps in The Lord of The Rings. Put Mordor in the wrong place and the readers will know and call you out on it.
In my current WIP I had my character throw a dart at a map and that is where the story then takes place. Now, the location is somewhere I am familiar with- or was, some 15 years ago. Things change so I had to look things up and ensure my ‘map’ was right. Just because I used a location I am familiar with doesn’t mean you have to. Look up strange and new places. Write about a dream locale. A place you want to go. If you decide to use a real location, get familiar with the local history and culture. It can move your story based on those factors. If you are creating a world all your own it needs a culture and a history as well. Know the lay of the land, the people, and know why they are why they are.
Are you creating your own world? What does your map look like?
Show me. I want to see.
Polish your sparkle and keep twirling.
Find joy. Be joy. Enjoy.
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