Do Your Characters Talk to You?
Writers sometimes get intimately involved with their characters. We will be addressing the topic of author-character communication. The “experts” tell you that you must know your characters when writing. That’s true, but how do you interact with them and do you talk to them? (There are doctors that treat people like us). There are a number of character trait forms to help you in most writing books, and there is also the back of an envelope. To be successful with your story you need interesting characters the reader can relate to and get behind. The characters must be believable, do things that are “in-character”, and right for that particular character, even if outlandish. It is a very good idea to really know your characters, especially the hero or protagonist. You need to “get into that characters head and live and see things through his / her eyes. Next, your characters need to talk to you as well. Have a dialog with your main characters to help drive your story. (I wouldn’t mention this conversation to too many people—they might outfit you with a new white padded jacket).
Below is a series of questions for consideration when working with your characters. I hope they make you think and consider how well you know your characters before you try and write them into situations they have to get out of.
When you write your characters, do you have a character profile and use it?
Do you talk to your characters when writing?
How well do you know your characters before and when you write?
Do your characters talk to you and if so, how?
Do your characters lead you in the story or do you have the story pretty well established and they follow suit?
If you talk to your characters, do you talk to them out loud or just in your mind?
During the writing process, stories sometimes change, do your characters drive this or do you just get other ideas?
Do your characters change during the story or just solve the mystery?
How do you develop your characters? Do they evolve or do you have a plan for them?
Does setting play a part of your characters personality?
Are your characters real people to you when you write?
We want the reader to like our characters, at least the good guys, how do you do that?
Do you think about your story and the characters when doing other things and not writing?
Have you ever been out in public and looking at a place or see something you could use in your story and start to discuss it with your leading character? Do people look at you strangely if you do this?
If your characters talk to you, what do you talk about?
Have you ever had an argument with one of your characters?
Do you take medication for this?
Remember, your characters work for you and they don’t cost much in pay and benefits, so treat them nice.
Remember: There are meds for this condition and doctors who treat people like us.