Tuesday, September 20, 2011
A Matter of Character
I figured out what my problem is with this book. My characters. When Jo Davis was at chapter the other day, we talked about how her books are character driven as opposed to plot, and I agreed saying so were mine. We both agreed that if you know your characters well enough, then the book practically writes itself as you know how your characters will react in any given situation. Think about it. Think about the person that you know best in your life. Then say this person is in a traffic accident, the other person approaches the car with a menacing look on their face .. how would this person react? How about if someone told you that they were planning a surprise party for this person – how would they react to that? If you know someone well enough, you can pretty much figure out how they will react to anything. And that’s the problem. I don’t know my characters that well. Normally when I write a book, I have the characters “picked out” (i.e. magazine photos, etc.), their names and all of that chit. This one hit me without all of that and I just started typing. Do you know that I’m really not sure what Casey, my heroine, even looks like? I think she’s a blue-eyed blond, but I’m not sure. Nick, my hero, is Hugh Jackman .. that’s a given.
The only other character I’m sure about is a secondary character named Jit, who is portrayed by Michael Jeter.
Recently I decided on my H/H for the next book – Deacon and Halley – and I know that he’s Josh Holloway.
But that’s pretty much it.
I need to sit down and sketch them out. I need to find Casey. I need to .. yeah, I got work to do.