Friday, 29 April 2011

A New Editing Process (Part One)

CHARACTER

There are two problems that I consistently have with my writing that I am aware of. The one that is seriously affecting me at the moment is my inability to create consistent characters. Maybe it's because I have my fingers in so many pots right now, but I have trouble thinking of my characters as real people rather than 2D entities.

The Sol Stein 'Triage' Method, which I am roughly using for a guide while I edit my latest work has inspired me to ask questions about my characters. How old are they? What do they do for a living? Where do they live? What would it like to go on vacation with them? How do they feel about money? I have now created a new Word document for each character that appears in my story. Each time I clarify some detail about my character, it goes in there. Fingers crossed this will work.

I'm also in the process of asking myself whether or not I would be able to write the story from another character's point of view. Perhaps if I feel so inclined, I might try that with my more difficult scenes.

Also, to make my minor characters more real to me, I am making sure I know as much about them as all my other characters. Just now, I've spent a good 45 minutes on The Sims 3 Ambitions just making the characters- how they dress, their make up, their hair... everything down to the shape of their eyebrows. Now if only I could print photos of them, I'd be pretty set.

This level of detail is really making me feel bogged down but I hope it will help in the long run. Will let you know.

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