Characters make or break a story. Larger than life. Leaping off the pages. Spinning around causing chaos. Crashing into each other.
When I create characters, I keep an ongoing list of quirks, ticks, likes, dislikes and even a few pictures. I use these items to create back stories. It’s between the pieces of those items that I often find the real story that unfolds for the book.
I never intended The Mason List to spiral into the story that emerged when I clicked The End. The back story of Alex took hold and transpired into the end game. Her quirks and issues squashed everything. It’s something that happened when I approached every scene with: how would this person with this back story react in such a situation.
With Red Dirt Claws, Wyatt and Emma are just starting to take shape. I’m compiling those quirks and pictures to get a grasp on how they would react in the setting of the mystery surrounding Wyatt. So live from the red chair…..characters.
Writing Song of the Day: Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You into the Dark