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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

It's The Quiet Ones You Have To Watch Out For

As I mentioned last week, I wrote book 2 of my 3 book series last year, leap-frogging over book #1 because #2 just kept drawing me back.

The toughest thing to me about writing books in a series is when one or more of your characters recur in that series.  In one book they may be prominent.  In another less so.  But they still need to have a presence.  They still need to have their own story.

I have a character in my novels that I am very intrigued with.  He is not the lead character.  And he is hard to figure out.  He is a quiet man--one of those people who likes to live peacefully among others, not too demanding, and he has a great amount of patience.

But even a quiet person who keeps to themselves has a story to tell, has his or her own issues.  In fact, I find I am usually drawn more to such people because it seems that their fires burn deeper than for those who just blabber out about any and every thing.  This may not always be true, but it is often true.

But getting the heart of the story out of such a quiet person is like pulling teeth.  And that is my task this week.  To find out what the inner fire of this character is and harness it for this series.  I want to do right by him so I'm going to have to figure out a way to make him talk.

So I think your average brainstorming session isn't going to work.  I think I'm going to need to put him in different situations then observe what he does.  Then I will begin to understand him.

But I think it will be worth the extra work to find out what he's all about.

Many blessings to you in your writing this week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Definitely sounds like an intriguing character, Brenda. Do him justice, ma'am. ;)

(Brenda, sent you an email. Let me know what you think. He'd "be delighted" to read yours.)