Every once in a while I wonder who reads this blog. I see my list of followers and recognize most because I read their blogs too. But I'm curious. Who are you? Are you a writer? What are you working on? A reader? What do you like to read? What's your favorite color? Do you like dogs? Cats? Magnolias?
I'm full of questions, aren't I? Oops, there's another one.
I'm having to do this now with the characters of the new book I'm working on. I've been writing it for a bit, but it has come to my attention that I don't really have a clue about my female lead. This happens to me all the time. I don't have much of an issue with the guys funnily enough. But those girls aren't quite so forthcoming.
So I have to sit back and start over. Play twenty questions. Who are you and where are you going?
This is the most frustrating stage of writing to me, because I just want to write. I'm getting a little antsy that I still haven't completed another book, nothing has sold and I'm going to get an email from my agent one day telling me to go sit on the bench. Permanently. An irrational fear perhaps, but a fear just the same.
But a book just doesn't materialize overnight. Neither does personality.
Sure, we are born with certain traits that we can't escape, but I'm pretty sure I can safely say that I am not the same person at 44 that I was at 16. And Praise God for that.
If you are a writer, how do you develop your characters? How do they tell you their stories? Do you have it all planned out before you start your book or does it happen along the way?