Thursday, October 10, 2013
A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words
There you go, how do her open arms look now? Hehe!
One of the things I have done in the past for Nano books, that has stuck throughout all of my writing is assigning a picture to my characters. After my character interviews I start looking for someone who fits the bill. In Mortianna's case I knew I wanted a woman who was still beautiful even thought she was older. I wanted a red head of sorts, mostly because I think red heads are very clever and have a whole lot of common sense, even if they are on this side of crazy like Mortianna. (Let me preface this by saying I have a number of red headed friends and family members and they are all great!) I also like this picture because she has very innocent quality about her until you find out that she is a murderer. I wanted her to be eccentric enough that she could pull off her character traits but also have the qualities of a normal human. Also Julianna' Moores performance in "An Ideal Husband," played largely into my choice.
Having a visual also helps me to refer back to some of my characters traits without having to scroll through the bio's. I can clearly see their features and the look on the faces that help me to write a more believable character.
Sometimes when I write I get characters mixed up with other, especially if they have a lot of the same characteristics. It is easy for me to look at this picture of Paige and remember many of her traits that is important to her character. In this case I choose an actress I know nothing about so I haven't been influenced by her acting so I can't make her anything I want as long as she fits my character.
Nano tip of the day. Use visuals when you write. This isn't limited to characters. Landscapes, buildings, maps, flowers, etc. can help make your story more down to earth and bring it closer to home for your readers.