I’ve talked recently of character development and how their development processed through my first two novels. Naively, the structure of the characters in those works came easily; they simply presented themselves within the framework of this writer’s vivid imagination. I’m curious, however, how other writers select character qualities. What do you do to bring forth vibrant characters that sing across your pages? Do you do sketches? Outlines? Or do you just wing it?
I’m now enjoying the fun of writing a genre novel, complete with all its plot-driven changes and turns. The multi-tasking efforts of creating compelling story, using words and language to convey story over character emphasis, is a large task indeed. I love it! I’m thriving under its challenge. I see why others do it.
Still, I wonder how others write. Do you pick your story first, or does a character come-a-knocking at your door, breathlessly whispering in your ear? Does it all happen in the span of an eye blink, or do you plot and diagram endlessly before you begin?
Please tell me. I want to know.