O! Those Characters!
The exercise of writing has become a daily habit after the last few months. It is a wonderful exercise of muscles that have been atrophied in the recent years. I feel that I have grown and sharpened. It is not perfect and likely will never be, but my greatest critic is pushing me to be as close as possible.
With this thought, I have made a few ventures into fiction because of my burning need to express myself in storytelling. I have explored the different techniques, touched on a few do-it-yourself manuals, and touched base with a few local authors. I think that it has trained me to look at my writing in a different way. I find myself actually editing it without realizing it.
So, this has brought me to a few thoughts about how to proceed. I have put some of it on the back burner for the moment. I can recharge on one project and turn to another line to work on it for a while. In this method, I have found that several stories are appearing, but none are finished.
This is a curious matter that I feel is a benefit. When the time passes, I will actually have many options to complete the stories. I have set the tracks down and prepare the way for the rest of the words. As I do, I stepped back to examine some of the techniques that have worked.
One of the crucial steps that I am using that I have never tried before is the character sketch. Usually, I have the character mapped out in my head and I don’t need the sketch. However, I found that with short stories that the sketches can be used for supporting character; while in a novel style the characters need some form of a sketch as I switch between the main characters and minor characters.
With such a technique, it has me turning my thoughts to the character quirks, traits, and personality of other people in my life. It is not a critique of them, but a simple evaluation of them in this basic form. In this, I discovered that some very curious stories come into view. It is from this than I can mine some of the traits for my stories. I understand human nature a little better.
This weekend helped me to understand and quantify this as my children helped me celebrate Father’s Day. Each of my three children brings into my life a variety of character qualities and I see how they have developed. It was a wonderful time. Now, I will be back to my regular blog posting.