How to get Your Characters from Your Head to the Page
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Imagine this: You have a great idea for a book. It’s so good that you fantasize about it during all your free time. In your mind you know all about your main character, what’s going to happen to them and how it will change them, but then something terrible happens. You finally get the courage to sit and write it down and….NOTHING COMES OUT. Sound familiar? If so, I get it. I’ve totally been there. So, I figured why not share the knowledge with you!
The first step is just putting pen to pad or fingers to keys. HERE’S YOUR VERY FIRST GOAL: Start by writing ONE paragraph. This could be simply what your ideas are, how you want the story to go, all your main character, etc. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or fancy. Just get something down.
Next, find a time that you can dedicate every day to write. If you’re an early riser and want to write first thing in the morning, do that. If you’re a night owl and prefer to wait until there’s peace and quiet, you may want to write at night. GOAL NUMBER TWO: Regardless of the timeframe, think about what you’re going to write about before the time comes so you’re not sitting there staring at a blank canvas. And finally, GOAL NUMERO TRES: Hold yourself accountable. Set a reminder to write every day and stick to it!
I created my “How to Develop Your Fictional Characters” workbook to give writers a few tools to create characters that will stick in their readers heads forever! There’s a worksheet inside that helps you get to know your characters by asking these questions:
What are your main character(s) name(s)?
What do they find out in the book?
How do they react?
How does this affect them?
How does it affect others?
How do they resolve the issue(s)?
How does this change them?
Want more? Check out the full workbook for $8.99, here.