Not a few days ago, a disaster occurred: almost all of my documents on the novel perished into digital nothingness. Since I’m not a sort of a person who would abandon a huge project because of a hardware problem, I resolved to rewrite all of it. Even so, you can imagine my despair.
However, as I started re-doing things I thought I’ve already done, some fun stuff happened.
These two driving elements of fiction have been arising debates between writers since the beginning of the twentieth century, if not earlier. Some claim a gripping plot attracts more readers; others seem keen to prove that it’s characters who cause the plot in the first place. As was promised in this entry, I will tell you why characters are more important than the plot.
Or soul out, in case you want a ghost.
Whatever is the nature of your creation, every single writing tutorial or article screams not to produce uniform armies of cardboard stickmen or better yet, numerous versions of yourself. How can you do that? Easy: combine the people you know, wash off clichés if any, add a flavour of quirks, season with flaws, cook uncovered for a day or two by completing a questionnaire—shazam! You’ve got a character. Could be tiresome but the recipe is not essentially difficult.
Except there is more to creating characters than that.
Since time is of the essence, no wonder we want to take from it as much as possible. But numerous “just one more episode” and “gotta find the right word for it” somehow result in one page in three hours. Try the following methods that helped me, and might help you.