Monday, April 13, 2015
Main Character Bonding Time
This year, I've joined the YA Buccaneer Spring Writing Bootcamp for the second time. Why? Because I honestly need an extra kick in the backside to get some revisions done . . .and this makes it more fun!
Each week, we're given a little assignment, and this week's is one I really needed: list 10 - 20 facts about your main character.
Ha! Not always for me. Often, I start writing a story with this exciting plot in mind and forget to flesh out the characters in my mind first. Oh, I know their general personalities, but when it comes to looks or hobbies or interests...uh... is all of that stuff necessary?
Yes, it is. A couple chapters in, this becomes painfully obvious. The action runs along and the plot thickens, but the main character remains flat and unexciting. That's when I realize I've forgotten the other side of the story - the emotional plot. A story isn't all about action - bummer, but true. There needs to be depth and emotional drive. The characters need to become real, someone to be remembered. And the only way to do that is to dig into their personalities and get to know them better than a best friend.
I call it character bonding time. (*shiver* I'm not the bonding type.)
So, let's go at it! Here are several facts about my main character:
Daniel Bim. . .
1) loves to do cannonballs and swim.
2) is a bit of a home-body, not the adventurous type.
3) hates prejudices
4) a little clumsy
5) likes pepperoni pizza
6) feels out of place except on his uncle's farm.
7) would run around in swim trunks all day if he could
8) great at fixing fences and chicken coops
9) at home in nature
10) ready to try new foods
11) wishes to be accepted and have more friends
And what about you? Have you sat down and gotten to know your main character? What are they like?