My daughter Laura and I.
Like people resting on a park bench so it is with my character’s who wait patiently for me to give them my full attention. All but one, that is. I’ve never been to Arkansas so it’s a conundrum how Gloria got into my mind, accent and all.
A writing friend suggested that I should let her have her own book. I choked on the words, “Are you kidding? I couldn’t spend more than two chapters with her.”
So really where do these life-like people come from? I think from a town out in nowhere and use my head as a gathering place to mingle around in or a sight for a movie production.
One of the common questions people ask me is; how do I think of things to write about. I’ve seen the oddest expressions when I say that I don’t have to think much at lot because my mind just comes up with these things. It is odd isn’t it? Only writer’s can offer each other the right kind of therapy, talking in character.
It’s important for me to spent time studying a character so I am familiar with his voice, mannerisms, likes and dislikes. A helpful book on how to develop a character is Writer’s Guide To Character Traits by Linda N. Edelstein, PH.D.
Character’s are what give the story a PQRST wave.
P.S. Gloria is my favorite character in Come In, but I’d never tell her that.