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Monday, November 16, 2015

Let's talk about characters


A while back I shared with you all some questions I ask about my characters in order to bring them more fully to life. You can read that post here along with my answers about one of my characters. It was a fun exercise and I thought we’d try it again.

In the comments, tell us what you’re working on:
  1. Working Title if it has one
  2. Genre
  3. Intended Age group
  4. The main character, or if multiple, the one you thought of first. Tell us something about him/her in one short paragraph.
  5. Current word count
  6. Where are your characters right now? What are they doing?
  7. Do you know how it all ends?
  8. Plotter? Pantser? Somewhere in between?

My Answers:


  1. Bell, Black, & Briar
  2. Fantasy
  3. Adult
  4. Inspector Ian Beck, who works for the Arcane Crime Unit, or ACU for short.
  5. 10K
  6. Inspector Beck just arrived home after a long day, having been assigned the case of Lena Errett, Tarot Reader Extraordinaire, who was stabbed multiple times and found in Gravesend Cemetery.
  7. Yes, although interestingly, I first thought the end was the beginning.
  8. I've done a bit more plotting with this project. I've also deviated from the original outline while still including all the original information.
I look forward to seeing your answers in the comments and I'll be back on Wednesday with some new and harder questions :)

7 comments:

Patchi said...

I could definitely use some character-building help with this WIP...

1. The Other End of the Sky
2. SF
3. Adult
4. River, philosophy major, is setting up an orphanage on a terraformed planet.
5. 2K
6. River woke up from hibernation and discovered that her partner didn't board the ship.
7. Yes, this is a prequel to one of my other novels.
8. I make notes as I think of things, in no particular order, then I transcribe and fill in the blanks. This time I wrote a synopsis before I started typing.

Diana Wilder said...

Here's mine:

In the comments, tell us what you’re working on:

Working Title if it has one - Vengeance (book 2 of a series called The Orphan's Tale)

Genre - Historical Fiction (1830s Paris) with mystery and a touch of thriller

Intended Age group - teens and above

The main character, or if multiple, the one you thought of first. Tell us something about him/her in one short paragraph.
Paul V. Malet, age 46, born and raised in a French Naval prison as protege' of a master criminal, went into the Police upon reaching majority (currently Chief Inspector) with a hiatus while he served in Napoleon's artillery).

Current word count - 110K

Where are your characters right now? What are they doing?
- Malet has just realized that he is the target of an assassination plot and is now being protected. This sits strangely with him: he has always been the one to protect. He also has realized that as a Commander (chief insp.) he has to let others do their work. He is also getting ready to be married, and this new development threatens to throw a spanner in the works.

Do you know how it all ends? - Yes. That is, book 3 is well underway, but the plot has thrown me several curve balls and I'm dealing with them. Those changes can work backward and forward in the timeline, and you have to be consistent.

Plotter? Pantser? Somewhere in between? Former pantser who has realized the value of plotting, especially in multi-volume stories.

Toni said...


Working Title if it has one: No Title yet. Just calling it 'Wren's Story' until a title comes up, though "This Side of The Railing" just popped into my mind.
Genre: Realistic fiction / loosely based on true story

Intended Age group: 25 - 45 Women

The main character, or if multiple, the one you thought of first. Tell us something about him/her in one short paragraph. The main character is Wren, a wounded (PTSD-ish) 30 y.o. with intense relationship and self-doubt issues. She is driving cross-country to a family emergency and rescues a two people running from an abusive situation.

Current word count 35000+

Where are your characters right now? What are they doing? Wren and company are stopped a couple of states over purchasing clothing for two people.She is realizing that Mother and daughter have had same experience that she and her mother had but this mother is handling situation completely different.

Do you know how it all ends? Yes but lost on the road somewhere.

Plotter? Pantser? Somewhere in between? Plantster. Most planned out but characters change things up or plans seem out-of-character.

dolorah said...

Working Title if it has one: The Eros Effect
Genre: Fantasy
Intended Age group: any
The main character, or if multiple, the one you thought of first. Tell us something about him/her in one short paragraph. Gaia, Mother Earth. After escaping a rift in the void behind Chaos, Gaia drifted in the new, expanding universe with curiosity. Slowly she becomes intrigued with the new life she is able to create when she immerses her essence with a new planet eventually named Earth.
Current word count: 2200
Where are your characters right now? What are they doing? Have arrived on Earth in a meteor shower and discovering how their powers affect the planet.
Do you know how it all ends? yes
Plotter? Pantser? Somewhere in between? Panster, very minor plotting.

L.G. Smith said...

Nope, not gonna mention what I'm working on. But I do cop to being mostly a pantser, though I've actually got a pretty good sense of where I'm going right now. :)

Liz A. said...

1. Elswyk's Moon

2. Fantasy

3. Adult

4. Elswyk. She's a wizard with self esteem issues, but trying to do the right thing.

5. 65,000

6. Haven't touched the book in a couple weeks (fall colds, busy at work), but I believe she just learned that a guy she does not like has disappeared and may be behind the attacks on the king.

7. Yes

8. Plotter

Sherry Ellis said...

1. Bubba and Squirt and the Ghosts of Pompeii

2. Children's chapter book - fiction

3. Ages 7-10

4. Bubba and Squirt: two siblings. Bubba is the more adventurous of the two. Squirt is the voice of reason.

5. Approximately 14,000 words

6. Bubba and Squirt are back home after their adventure in Pompeii, Italy.

7. Yes. I am finished writing and am now revising.

8. Plotter