What process does a writer go through when bringing a character to life on paper? Words alone do not make you feel for them or become vested in their future. Myndi Shaffer wrote a great piece about getting to know your characters better when you dig into their underwear drawer. In addition to peeking into their secret treasure hidey holes I suggest taking sometime familiarizing yourself with their backstory. What do the characters do when they aren’t appearing in the pages of the story?
Characters should present themselves, becoming three dimensional people that readers can become vested in, maybe even fall in love with. Of course you don’t want to do this for every character. Some are meant to be peripheral and should be left that way – i.e. the mailman, the waitress at the diner, a passer-by the protagonist has a two-line exchange with. Unless, of course, the writer has bigger plans for these players.
Today I have one of the main characters from my WIP to introduce to you – one that I believe I have developed into a fully three dimensional individual. Meet Crystia, sister to my protagonist. I have mentioned her twice before on this blog. Once in a post honoring my sister and again when I listed seven things about my story. Crystia has a big day ahead of her. I am doing a guest post today for a fellow YA author and so I decided to share her voice with the world! As of today 329,670 words have been written in this story across three books, but none of them are in her words. So I’m excited to share a piece written in her own voice.
Junior in High School, living in a small desert town
Drives an old, weathered 80’s Ford Mustang
Shops thrift stores and retro fashions for her look
Long, straight, very light blonde hair
Heterochromia eyes with bright blue contacts
5’6” with wafer thin build
her personal theme song…
Free-spirited and full of life, you now have the opportunity to meet her in a situation very personal and in her own voice. To read this special piece from her backstory, follow the link over to Krystal Wade’s blog. We hope to see you there!
Teaser: I watch as he nervously runs his hand through his dirty blond hair and studies the scene of the crime – my bed. The place where he just stole my virginity.
Krystal Wade is the author of the up and coming YA novel Wilde’s Fire, available later this year! Be on the look-out for the start of this gripping fantasy trilogy and check out her website for updates.
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