Good day to you all.
I hope you are all well and having a good week. It’s Wednesday and its hump day, so there is two reasons to be overjoyed.
I guess fear may be the wrong word to use but it isn’t entirely untrue. When I sit down, there are always some concerns that spring to mind. Am I in the right mindset to write is one of them. Another, is if I am, which characters will be present and taking up my precious writing time?
I am a fan of a story filled with plentiful characters, different in their own ways, similar in others and all with their own goals and ambitions. In my current story, I have three different main lands, separate ideals and values and over ten characters all vying to be named as the MC.
This is where I occasionally hesitate and have a few concerns. I worry that the characters will sound too generic and similar, using common phrases and not being their own person. I am thankful that the majority of the time, the words and stories seem to write themselves, the characters saying things that I had not planned and acting in ways that shocked me. Sometimes, they turn the whole story upside down.
Whenever I feel really really tired or uninspired, my writing feels as if it is being forced, so I sit back and read it. Many times I think it’s plain or not common for the theme of things and take a rest, other times I feel reinvigorated and continue with my writing.
I try my best to alter the language of characters, picking up their own lingo as many of us do in reality and add unique traits. Sometimes there will be characters that are similar which I am not too fussed with, as many of us can be alike too.
I still have the fear though that many will read it and see that the story is one dimensional and dislike the characters. I have no way of overcoming these but by offering support from beta readers and others who are willing to help. Sometimes, over editing can be a killer.
I now try to make a list of traits shown by the characters, their favourite things and sayings and then stick to these through out. Once the first edit is done (currently way off), I plan to leave the story to marinade with the air and wait to revisit it with a fresh set of eyes. Hopefully then, I will spot errors and inconsistencies which I can make amends to. Something I have not tried in the past but may be willing to try is to have two types of edits…the story and plots, then read it but only focusing on the characters themselves. Not too sure how this will work but I it may be worth a try.
This is the first post of my fears or concerns I will be writing about. There is no one way to write, or to overcome fears or to even edit, but I hope if there is anything you take out of this, that it is there always some type of issues we need to overcome. Together, writers can become stronger.
I hope you enjoyed reading this.
Do you have a similar concern around characters? Or a different one? How do you overcome these? I would love to hear from you, either on here or Twitter (Nobodyetall).
Have a great day.