Do you ever get tired? I love my family and I love my friends, but sometimes I need to retreat into my LilyLair, and revel in the absence of others.
I read this article yesterday: “A woman’s greatest enemy? A lack of time to themselves.” It really spoke to me. Frequently, I feel like my life is a whirlwind of people that need or feel they deserve my attention. I’m going to do better at drawing firmer boundaries.
Chapter 3 of Cathy Yardley’s book “Rock Your Plot” deals with Character sketches. How do you make your characters believable and relatable, and more importantly, how does who they are drive the plot forward?
All plot flows from your character. You leave readers deeply unsatisfied when your believable MC does something stupid or out-of-character. Cathy Yardley uses the example of the super spy who opens the door without checking the peephole and so gets kidnapped or hurt.
Her recommended steps to deliver a fully-fleshed character:
- Start with a sketch: a brief blurb describing them physically. Find photos on Pinterest if it would be helpful.
- Write an exploratory biography. What sort of life experiences do they have? Childhood? Give them a backstory with an eye toward GMC – goal, motivation, conflict.
- Write out an interview with the character. This helps to find the character’s voice.
Think weaknesses as well as strengths.
What I’m reading now:
Cathy Yardley’s Rock Your Plot
Husband: What are you reading?
Lily: Fantasy book. Takes place in a future Detroit. There are dragons and stuff, but the MCs are just normal people who clean out hoarder apartments.
Husband: That is a weird, perfect intersection of your niche interests.
Lily: Yeah, Facebook recommended it to me. It knows me better than anyone.