I had a conversation recently with someone about how I can write everyday for at least an hour a day if not more. I gave a simple answer of dedication and desire. I then talked with my wife about our difference in the way we prioritize our writing and why it is so different. In thinking this over a lot, I’ve come to a conclusion.
There is a difference between being a good writer and being a great writer.
They say that if you love what you do, then you will never work another day in your life. People should take this to heart. Now sometimes you get stuck with something you don’t like in order to pay the bills. We all (ok, most of us) end up in that situation at one time or another and what do we do? We suck it up and do it until the we reach that greener pasture on the other side of the hill.
So you are a writer with a corporate 9 to 5 job too? Check. Married? Check. Kids? Check. Overly jacked up mortgage payments? Check. Overpriced cellphone bill? Check. We are all there or have been there.
This is part of an ongoing series of designing a story. The hope is that this series will help new writers get ideas on how to design a story or for experienced writers looking for new ideas. In either case, the information presented here is to learn and have fun.
In our last blog, we covered the basics of our characters. We determined names and who was a major character and who was a minor character. Our next task is to flesh out our characters so they come alive in our writing. It is important to know who your characters are, otherwise, you don’t know how they would react in a given situation. No one wants a boring story filled with wooden characters that just go from plot point to plot point. The characters in your story will make or break you more than anything else so make this part your best work.
This is an ongoing series of designing a story. This blog will cover character design and development. This information provided here is intended to inspire and offer insight to those looking for ideas and information to help with your own writing. Feel free to use the method given for your own work.
Designing the good guys
Previously we went over designing our story through a modified Snowflake Method. Now that the outline of our story is complete, we now need the most important part of our story fleshed out: our characters!