I was reading a blog recently when the author started talking about how she loves developing her main character. I mean, she said she feels like she becomes that character and writes 3 – 5 pages about the person. Maybe most authors do this but I have to admit – I don’t.
Actually, for all my characters, I write a short bio on each one and keep a master character list. For every book I’ve written, I have each character in this list, which is a huge resource for me. But as I think back to the blog I read I wonder: what is my favorite character to write about?
As soon as I thought of the question, I had my answer immediately. I like writing my “quirky” characters. These are the people who beat to their own drum. They love themselves just like they are and don’t worry about what other people think. They aren’t mean or “know-it-alls” – just have a confidence about them that can’t be shaken.
I’m currently writing about one of my most unusual characters in all my novels so far and I’m having a blast bringing this person to life on paper. I think because she (the cat’s out of the bag!) has some traits that I would love to have myself. Maybe that’s the reason I’m writing about her??? I don’t want to give too much away but I really think when you read my next book, you’re going to fall in love with Kate’s new friend. I know I already have. And to think, this character got her start when my dad bought a travel trailer figurine at the flea market!
This also made me think about something: do I have people around me that are a bit quirky but confident in their own skin? And the answer is yes! Can’t give away any names but I have several people in my life that it doesn’t matter to them what others think, they go about living their life as they feel that they should. They are happy, kind and show love for everyone and for themselves. They are doing what they love even if they don’t have the material items that most people would associate with happiness and confidence.
As for me, I’m learning to embrace my own traits that others might not like or think unusual. When I was younger, I tried to conform to what others wanted. Now that I’m older, I just want to be me! I guess you could say that writing about my new character is inspiring me!
Happy Vibes To All!
Just Be You!