Chart Your Characters’ Lives On and Off the Page
If anyone’s ever asked me to beta read for them, they know I will annoy them to death about what the characters’ motivations are. My margin notes are filled with “why?”. There is so much happening “off camera” which drives the action on the page. Knowing your characters intimately is a cornerstone to continuity. I extol the virtues of character profiles; I can’t write without them. I have tinkered around with the card system in Scrivener and found world building remains organic, now there’s more clarity. This article contains some good advice.
The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. — Sun Tzu
First, thanks for having me back. I really enjoy these opportunities to talk about our work.
About this entry —
If you have a first draft and wonder what to do next, this is the essay for you.
If you don’t have a first draft, this is the essay for you because reading it will relieve some of the worry about your first draft not being perfect. (Hint: it probably won’t be and that’s ok.) It will give you permission to drive on to the end.
I wanted to find a nifty segue between “Thanks” and Deconstructionism but it eluded me. Maybe I’ll find it in the revision of this essay, which leads me to what I want…
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