It's All About The Characters
When people ask me what makes a great story, I always answer "characters and emotion." Sharon Long had a neat post over at Writeminded this week about how a reader's experiences impact their impression of a character's believability.
I tend to build my characters by finding out everything I can about them. A lot of what I know never ends up in the book directly, but for me to write a believable person, I have to know him or her as intimately as possible.
This summer, I'm rewriting my December 2007 release Hold On To Me. I would say I'm revising, but basically, I'm rewriting -- the couple's backstory changed and thus their characters changed. I'm really liking how this impacts and strengthens the conflict between them from page one.
And it's given my hero an edge that I love.
But my new Tick?
Oh, my. When the heroine arrives, he's not happy to see her. She's hurt him, and he's angry, a little bitter. There's a hard edge to him when he's around her. And when he discovers the not-so-little secret she's been keeping from him . . . well, his reaction is less than that of a sweetheart of a guy who's besotted. Still in character, still believable . . . but more compelling. (I hope.)
I'm actually have fun with these revisions, which has to be a foreign concept. It sure has been to me in the past. And it's all about the characters.
What about you? When you write or revise, what is it all about?
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