I used to believe I could conquer the world; I used to believe that the world outside childhood was so much healthier and lively. Yet, as I sit here today, I know that I will never conquer the world; it is an unrealistic dream because honestly, the world sucks. So, instead of the world I was brought into, I create my own and conquer those. It is not easy to create a world of your own, but it is doable. Like I have said in previous posts, writing for me was an outlet. It was a way for me to escape and let my dreams come alive; but allowing your characters to have every dream they possibly could imagine come true, well it is unrealistic too and no one wants to read about perfection. People love misery, destruction, and drama. And that is only half the fun of writing.
Your characters are one of the most important parts of your story, that is, if your story has characters. Characters bring life to the world you have created in your story; they can either ruin your story by being really awful or they can make it the best possible story by making them the best they can be! I know what you’re thinking, “Of course, characters are important, Kat! Who would think otherwise?”
Well, it just so happens that I read a lot. “Oh, well we all do.” No, I mean, I have read a hefty amount of stories produced by friends, family, and/or coworkers, and a lot of them lack something. It took me awhile to figure it out. It wasn’t that the story wasn’t good! But there was always something that I would feel they were missing.
You can send so and so on a mission, making it nearly impossible, show a ray of sunshine, keep me on my toes, have the end looks bleak, and then suddenly,throw in deus ex machina and it all ends well! But, even though I felt the whole climax of the story and enjoyed it, I always felt like I never really knew the characters.
Now, I don’t have any of my own printables to share with you all. But, with my own writing, I research or find inspiration through others blogs. When I say inspiration, I do not mean a whole plot or where to go next with my story-no. This type of inspiration comes in handy when I’m writing because it keeps my mind working. My laptop, when out and about writing, has about twenty tabs going and I am utilizing all the space on my 15 inch screen to have a constant strain of words. It may seem cluttered but that is what works for me and so, that is what I do.
Pinterest is my lifesaver-no really, it is. The amount of information on Pinterest that you can find is amazing; so many bloggers who are so willing to help out fellow writers and to me, that is kind of magical. The issue with this is trying to filter out what is actually helpful, and what is a waste of time.
Eva Deverall has a quick character outline on her blog, which would be useful for a short story where you need a meaningful character, but you don’t have the length to develop them completely. Eva also has so many other resources floating around on her blog and has a specific section just for us writers!
Another one of my favorites, is Fuck Yeah Character Development (FYCD for short). It is a blog that is 100% dedicated to character development, which is pretty freakin’ awesome if you ask me. You can find almost everything you need for character creation here. FYCD is my go-to site when I really need to sit down and think my characters over.
I try to think of my characters as my own children; I want them to be well-rounded and no detail should be left out. Don’t get me wrong, if something isn’t meant to be told in your story, then that is totally fine! I don’t expect every writer to go out and give me this person’s entire life story from the day they were born, because that would be ludicrous and most likely redundant. I want to believe that this character is real when I read a story. I want to be able to feel what they are feeling completely and I want to be emotionally attached to these characters. Creating a character is hard work, which means a lot of effort needs to be put into them to make them as beautiful as they can possibly be!