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CHARACTER CREATION/DEVELOPMENT

Every writer has their own process of creating their characters. This category gives you the chance to see into how my brain works in regards to character development/ creation. Maybe some of my techniques will be helpful for you to use in your creative process.

Character Builds: Liora

When it comes to writing about characters sometimes it’s helpful to have a general collection of images to reference. I use this as a resource and it is easy to add to it with each book I create. Today I’m focusing on the main character of the Prophecy Six SeriesLiora – as she is the one with the most description and is in all sense the most important of the characters to get the details right with. So, here is the character build I made for her:

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Her clothing style may change and as the book continues there will be new scars I’ll have to add for reference but for the first book this is what I had planned. These images help me visualise the character and make them consistent through the pieces I’m constructing.

I made this in MS Paint and I’ve found it very helpful compared to my old method of hunting through my notes or books for the details I’ve written about her. I hope this method will help some of you in your writing process when approaching character creation. 🙂

Prophecy Six Update: Kadmir

Hey Everyone,

As there is only a month left until book 2 comes out I thought I’d make some more updates to the Official Cannon website for Prophecy Six where you can find all the information you want pertaining to characters, the world’s history, and other awesome information.

Today I made two updates:

  1. Updated the Characters of Prophecy Six – specifically Liora (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)
  2. Add a new location to the Map of Gaitan – Kadmir (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

Now, I wrote Liora’s bio in the past but with the second book coming out I thought it would be good to update it. You can now find out more about her abilities and why her hair turns white. As for Kadmir, those of you that are interested in finding out how the war between the nations started would probably find this update very interesting.

Anyways, that’s all I have for now. I am going to be updating more now as time draws closer to the release of book 2 – Children of Sirphan – on December 20th. Toodles for now. 🙂

Thinking Thursdays: 1st or 3rd Person?

Hello World Out There World!

Today’s Thinking Thursday is about 1st or 3rd person, which one do I prefer to write in.

When I first started getting into creative writing I found writing in 1st person the easiest way to get out my ideas. I would be able to imagine myself as the main character and write what I felt or saw. This was what was taught to us in school in regards to approaching creative writing. All I knew was 1st person and nothing else.

It was after doing some more research and reading books that weren’t for my age level that I discovered the amazing tense of 3rd person. I loved how the writer could explore a variety of views within one book and make the story deeper, or just write in one person’s point of view for the whole book. It was something new and exciting, which pushed me to practice writing in 3rd person.

As time went on I shied away from 1st person and started writing in 3rd person. Child of the Light (Book 1) is written in 3rd person and so is Children of Sirphan (Book 2). I found 3rd person the best style to use for this series since it follows a large group of people. It has been only recently, as I work on another side project – Too Much Jinn – that I’ve begun exploring 1st person again.

To me I don’t prefer writing in just one style. It depends on the characters and the book I’m working on as to what point of view works for the atmosphere I’m trying to portray.

When it comes to reading books I would much rather read in 3rd person than first. I like to be disconnected from the characters that I’m reading about and that is easier to do with 3rd person than 1st person. I also find a lot of young books are 1st person focused, which I don’t enjoy reading either. 1st person has a lot of I did this, I wanted to do that. With 3rd person the author is forced to explore the world more to capture the reader than just write from one view point.

Anyways… that’s just what I prefer…

What about you? Is there a point of view that you prefer to write in or does it just depend on the story you’re writing?

Leave your answers in the comment section down below and until next time – toodles!! :3

Writing Prompts: Bruised Glitter

The echo of thunder crashed through the walls of his small one room apartment. No amount of increased volume was going to keep nature from disrupting his Discovery Channel that evening.

Turning off the TV, Royce made his way over to the kitchen, plugging in his 8 buck electric kettle to make some coffee. He knew he should have tried to sleep, but the events of the day still danced through his head like drunk girls on a bar table. He had kept his cool around those… those vampires? The word sounded crazy even now that he was thinking it. Sure he had seen a lot of strange stuff since running into Jay but some things still made him question if everything he was experience was some kind of side effect from his lack of sleep or high caffeine intake.

The kettle popped as he took the dirty mug from beside the sink to fill it with hot water. With two spoonfuls of instant coffee the clear water turned to tar as he lifted the steaming cup to his lips feeling the familiar shock of the heat against his upper lip.

“Fffk!” He spat, pulling the mug away. He touched his upper lip with his finger happy to find no blister had formed. It still stung but hopefully by the time the coffee was cool enough for consumption his lip would be fine.

There came another roll of thunder as the lights flickered. Maybe it was time to go find some of those candles his ex had left behind than being caught off guard when the power went out. Then again he had his phone and didn’t feel like having his place smelling of apple pie and ocean breeze.

After another rumble of thunder and flicker of lights he heard a knock on the door. He looked to the stove that just flashed 12 before pulling out his phone to check the time. It was passed 1 AM! Who in their right mind was bugging him at that hour!?

Opening the door, he gave a sigh at who was standing in his entrance. Why wasn’t he surprised that she show up at his door, soaking wet… bruised, and covered in glitter?

“What the hell happened to you?”

“You wanted more info so I went to a Fave – mind letting me in?” Her voice proved to have a hint of annoyance as if he had been the inconvenient visitor knocking on the door.

Royce stepped aside. Jay lumbered in, her hands tucked in her over-sized sweatshirt pockets and combat boots chorking from the torrential downpour. Her teased hair lay flat to her head as her mascara ran down her face like a degenerate raccoon.

“Do I want to know what a Fave is…?” Royce pinched the bridge of his nose. He would need more coffee after this, he just knew it.

“Fairy Rave,” her voice blunt.

“Well that explains the glitter.”

“Oh, no… the glitter wasn’t from that,” Jay smirked, shaking her head.

“Do I want to know?” Royce asked again, his voice droning.

“Nah, not important to what I found out,” Jay sat down in the saúde lazy boy in the corner of the living room. She crossed her wet boots atop the oak coffee table with her arms behind her head. “Come sit – you’ll want to know.”

He hoped so, since he would have a nightmare of a mess to clean up after she left.

Creating A Character In Five Steps

So, I’ve finished and published 1 book and I’m in the process of editing the second book… which means I think I have some knowledge I can share about character creation.e727e12b92b7b30ec7e2799bc3c24309c359d1cd_hq

I will be honest with you… I get super attached to my characters. There are times I will hold conversations with them to work out situations. I will draw them out or talk about them with people as if they were real. I don’t think I’m alone with this… at least I hope I’m not. After all, all writers are a little crazy. 🙂

Anyways, I’ve been asked a few times and those in my writers group have discussed our ways of building characters… which I guess has led me to posting these steps. Hopefully these will help you or at least start you on the path of creating your characters. 🙂

Step one: What’s in a name?

django-unchained-quotes-1Although some people may not think about this, naming your character is like bringing forth new life. When you were born your parents gave you a name. Everyone has a name. This name is what makes you, you. Now, when it comes to your character you can spend hours on a name, but here are some things that will cut down time.

What are some main traits you want your character to have?

What themes does your character represent?

What gender is your character?

Now that you have answered those questions, the next big thing is research. That’s right, research.

All names have meanings, and you don’t want your character’s name to represent something that your character might not be. A good website I use to find names for my character is Behind the Name. This site gives you names from different cultures, eras, and their meanings.

Example:

Alex

Some traits Alex has are dependable, protective, and friendly.

He is the hero; a defender/ leader in his group of friends.

Gender – male

When looking up the name Alex, you find the root name Alexander. Clicking on Alexander it brings you to a new page that explains that Alexander means “defender of men” or “to defend/help”.

As you can see, just by choosing the name you get some basics about your character.

Step Two: Likes and dislikes

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You have things you like, and things you don’t like. I like sushi but I don’t like tuna. I like hiking but I don’t like biking. Your character has these likes and dislikes as well. They may not have a choice when it comes to things they don’t like because they could have allergies. They may be forced into liking something because they have a crush on someone they wish to impress or a friend they don’t want to upset.

Don’t just make a list, but also make reasons to why your character likes and dislikes things.

Example:

Alex likes football because it reminds him of the Sunday mornings his dad would take him to the field to watch the college team practice.

Alex likes grilled cheese because it’s the only food he can make without burning.

Alex dislikes his math teacher Mr. Hamel because no matter how hard he tries the guy just doesn’t give him a break.

Alex dislikes swimming because he drown in a pool when he was six at his friend, Ryan’s, birthday party.

Step Three: Goals

Everyone has goals. Let them be as small as passing a test, or as big as becoming a world famous Pokémon master; these goals will help ground your character.

Example:

goalsAlex wants to ask Heather out.

Alex wants to pass Mr. Hamel’s math class.

Alex wants to become a game developer.

Alex wants to help Ryan get over being dumped.

These goals help your character grow throughout the story, and give you ideas to develop your character’s relationships.

Step Four: Voice

tb2jsbzEveryone has their own way of talking. Some people are loud, others are reserved. Some people dramatize, others are straight to the point. Some are rude, some have accents and some have under developed verbal skills. Your character’s voice is their way of communicating with the reader about what is happening around them, so take some time to think of how your character sees the world.

Example:

Alex chooses his words carefully, and swears when he gets upset. Alex loses track of what he is talking about when in large social situations and can come across as awkward to people he doesn’t know.

Step Five: Mock Conversations

You thought I was going to say appearance, didn’t you? I’ll have you know, appearance isn’t everything.

tumblr_lidu1habn01qakh43o1_400You can change the way your character looks just as much as people change their own hair colour or clothing. So, why did I choose mock conversations? Simple. It’s the conversations that develop your character’s personality and relationships with others.

How do you create mock conversations? Simple. Think of a possible situation your character may get in and write it out. You may never use this in your final work, but then again, maybe you will. It may sit in a file for a few years, or be placed in your story from the start. Just because you wrote it down doesn’t mean it MUST be used.

To give you an idea, I make three word files when creating a story. 1 is the story, 2 is ideas and information about the story, 3 are potential conversations and mock situations. I don’t know how many times I used stuff from file 3, but I’ll tell you this, whenever I have writer’s block creating a mock conversation with my characters helps free my mind 95% of the time.

Plus, it’s fun!

Mock conversations can be based in the world you have created for your characters, or you could place them in a whole new environment and see how they react. Think of Sims. They have traits and environment, but they all act completely independent from each other.

Example:

Alex is a teenage boy in high school, but I can place him in a coffee shop on a university campus. This poses questions like:

How did he get there?

Why is he there?

Is he meeting someone? If so, who?

Does he order anything?

How does he act when approached by the waiter/waitress?

And so on and so forth…

Mock conversations can be as short as a paragraph or as long as several pages. It all depends on your muse and if the situation develops on its own. Don’t over think when you are writing mock conversations. Let your characters speak for themselves and answer the questions your have thought about.

 

 

Characters in Book One: Child of the Light

Earlier this week I asked if anyone wanted me to share anything about the P6 book series, and as per the lovely Donna Lynn’s request I wrote out a brief paragraph introducing each character from book one.

When I complete the rough draft for book two I’ll do another character post but at this point in time characters may still change or be removed from the story. So, it is best to leave that until I have a better idea of the final draft. 🙂

Here we go:

Caldor Lefwid:

Caldor is the first character introduced in the Child of the Light. He is an old sage specializing in the field of medicine. He is one of twelve people in all of Gaitan granted the title of Master Healer. He’s a forward, logical thinker with the issue of assuming his answers are always right. He doesn’t believe in religion, prophecies, or other worldly beliefs. He believes that everything has a logical answer proven by science and he will not sleep until he finds it.

His responsibly in Demor is to care for the sick prince and to find the cure for the boy’s ‘incurable’ aliment. He enjoys taking challenges that appear impossible and asks for little help from those he doesn’t consider at his level of intelligence. He cannot connect to others emotionally, which leads to some interesting situations.

Cáel – The Prince of Derm:

Cáel is the only son of the northern king and heir to the throne of Derm. When he is not suffering from his aliments his favourite activities are playing his lute and telling stories to his caretakers. Unable to leave his bed or special chair, the boy spends most of his time dreaming of what it is like to go on adventures around Derm and hopes that one day he will get to see all of Gaitan. He rarely complains about his situation and is a great listener.

Foe – Lord of Demor & Steward of Derm:

Best friend to the King, Foe has a mysterious background. We know he was part of the frontlines for some time but he doesn’t speak much of it. As a seasoned warrior and now father, he keeps much of his time at the front to himself. Even his wife – the fair and kind Detress of Demor – doesn’t know much of what he has done for his country.

Foe is a friendly, childish fellow. He is Caldor’s confidant, and trusted companion in his adventures across the western valley. When Caldor can’t relate to human emotions it is Foe that steps in and gives a situation a human touch. He may at first appear threatening but those that let themselves get to know the Lord of Demor realize quickly that he’s just a big, blond teddy bear.

Charn – the Northern King:

Stubborn, set in his ways, and openly mistrusting of outsiders, the Northern King isn’t really the most welcoming man. If not for Foe, Caldor wouldn’t have been placed as Master Healer of the Prince. He believes that Liora is a threat to Derm because of the people she is born from and disapproves of her relationship with his son. Sometimes his behaviour gets him in trouble with the council or with his friends but everyone just sighs and accepts that is just how Charn is. He lets his emotions take control over logic, which results in causing more problems then just letting something go. It takes a really long time to gain the man’s trust, but if patient it can happen.

Liora:

From the Western mountain city of Morza and granddaughter to the Master Healer Naygu, Liora is not only talented in healing but also incredibly determined. Forced to leave her home due to the slaughter of her people, Liora escapes to Derm to try and find refuge. First running across Pellar, she quickly discovers that she is no longer the same person she was before leaving Morza. That something had happened the night of the massacre that awoke some kind of ability to see the future.

Upon meeting Caldor and Foe we quickly discover that Liora is going to be a stubborn, forward thinking, honest character. She is young – fourteen – and follows the ways of her people, which is ‘always be honest as honesty is always the best.’ Like Charn, Liora goes with her emotions than with her logic. She usually ends up in trouble due to not considering the consequences first. That or her curiosity gets the better of her. It takes time for everyone to accept Liora for who she is, and it takes Liora time to adapt to her new surrounds. Cultivating a deep friendship with both the prince and Foe’s son, Liora discovers that the North isn’t all that bad.

Pellar:

Pellar is a pellar. We do not learn his real name and possibly never will. This wild man dressed in fur, with matted hair, smelling of body odor is – according to him – a talented healer. Pellars are alternative healers using methods not yet proven by the University of La’reen to actually work. Caldor scoffs at people like Pellar and tries to avoid little contact with them as possible. Unfortunately for Caldor, he’s forced to interact with the wild man due to the relationship he’s made with Liora. It was Pellar that took care of her prior to the girl going off to live in Demor and the girl doesn’t appear to want to let the relationship fade.

Marcia – Detress of Demor:

The wife of Foe and mother of Druce, the Detress is known to be a motherly woman to all that fall in her care. Taking Liora under-wing, Marcia becomes a mother figure to the girl and helps the girl believe that everything will work out. As she was a trained healer by the Sisters of Mercy, Marcia also assists in tending to the prince when Caldor is off studying or gallivanting about Gaitan. She can be strict but rarely shows that side unless you truly deserve it. She’s the voice of reason not only to Foe, but to Charn. Marcia only wants the best for Liora but sometimes that means she will try and force the girl into things Liora doesn’t wish to do.

Druce:

He is the son of Marcia and Foe. He is around six in the first book and is quiet. When he isn’t with his mother or father, Druce can be found clinging to Liora. Druce enjoys learning about Liora’s culture and also picks up on the Morzi language quickly. He loves to write and finds languages fascinating.

 

Sisters of Mercy:

To put simply, these are nuns of the North. They follow the belief that Darkel – the God of Earth and Wind and the father of the Dermite – left behind a book of rules that the people of Derm are to follow. Of course as time went on and the world changed not everyone followed the rules of the book as closely. The Sisters of Mercy are those who dedicate their life to their God in hopes of pleasing him enough to bring good fortune to their people. They do not like outsiders. They hate those resembling the South, and they sometimes go overboard in trying to protect the monarchy. Still, a small amount of Sisters do accept anyone needing their help and have been known to take women of lower status into the cloth in hopes of giving them a better life and education.

Sisters of Mercy do not marry and if they choose to dedicate themselves to a mortal man they are forced to leave the cloth. Some Sisters may ostracized the one leaving but due to the relationships built over the years of living together most stay in contact with the Sister who has left.

Chaos Singers:

These crazy preachers are followers of Kanrow’s Prophecy – Prophecy Six. They throw away their worldly belongings to stand on wooden boxes in the streets and sing the verses of the prophecy to those willing to hear. They are found gathering in larger cities – like Demor – to sing their chorus after a large catastrophe has occurred. They believe their job is to remind the people of Gaitan of the six signs and that in time an era of peace will come.

No one likes them. No one believes them but there are thousands of them across Gaitan. Their dedication to the Prophecy makes people uneasy, and most believe that they are not well in the head to be preaching about a book written by – what they consider – a crazy old man.

This best describes Caldor…

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Caldor has become the type of person best describe as having a stick up his arse. He’s a great character, set in his ways… and has little time for those of little intelligence. He has very few friends, and those friend’s he does have can put up with his belittling.

Caldor everyone! XD

Character question: Intro or Extro?

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Caldor is an introvert. He rather would spend time alone in his room, with a book, away from all the stupid people that happens to be in the world.

Foe is an extrovert. Get that man a pint and he will make friends with everyone.

Liora is an ambivert. She loves her alone time but enjoys time with other people.

Character Question: Fear

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Caldor fears the unknown. It is one reason he is so obsessed with finding the answers, he never wants to be left with questions.

Foe fears what will happen to Charn if his son dies and if such an event happens, what will happen to Derm?

Charn fears losing his son before he has lived a full and meaningful life.

Liora fears she’s losing her mind because of all the images she continues to see and nightmares she has of her home.

Pellar fears it’s his fault Liora gets taken.

Talia’s fears are unknown.

Bruce fears making Talia angry.

Marcia fears what will become of her husband if the prince dies, as whatever happens Foe will no doubt be affected.

Druce is a baby… he fears what he doesn’t understand at the moment.

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