This Blog by Cher’ley Grogg
I was displaying my art in a local festival when someone told me this fairly famous artist was also displaying his art at the festival. I went to school with the person and I wondered if he remembered me. I found his display and his father was filling in for him. I started a conversation. “I went to school with your son.” He answered, “I don’t think so.” “Yes, it was from the 8th grade on.” He looked at me and without blinking an eye or cracking a smile he said, “My son is 16.” I looked a little harder at this old man and realized I was talking to the artist instead of his father. “Sorry, I thought you were someone else,” I whispered as I slunk off.
I have also congratulated women on their pregnancy and they weren’t.
Open Mouth Insert Foot, I am a pro at this.
What about your characters? Do they ever do this, or are they always prim and proper? How do you define your characters?
I make a profile for each of my characters (even though I have been known to just add things along the way—therefore open mouth insert foot). I like to have a general idea of who they are, what they believe in, and how they talk. Where do they come from, who is their family, what is their favorite food, and what really irritates them? I used to even cut photos out of magazines to picture what they might look like.
What makes great characters?
Give your characters interiority
Make them Likable
They need an Objective
Give them a Problem
They need to have Passion about something
Character, give them character to make them distinct
Show characters’ motives through interactions
A couple of these came from Now Novel Blog
Jordan one of the main characters is a big, sturdy girl who is very likable—but doesn’t hesitate to defend her friends and family. She’s a problem solver, Brandon comes to her for advice. Her passion is soccer. That’s just a light description of her. She is very deep and multifaceted. Look on page 65 of The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk to see a bit of her personality.
***Have you ever did the Open Mouth Insert Foot thingy? Please share. How about your characters, what’s the worse thing they have said?***
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“The Secret in Grandma’s Trunk” This is an especially good book for your Tween Children and Grandchildren
Boys Will Be Boys The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys-An Anthology
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