Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Character Interviews

Before I really knew a lot about writing my book, I had no idea what a character interview was.  Yes, I've written stories, but not with the in-depth characters I would like to have.  The character interviews helped me so much in learning more about my hero and heroine.

If you're like I was and don't know, a character interview is a way to help your characters come to life and be real.  It's a great way to get to know them.  It's exactly as it sounds.  You actually "ask" your character questions.  Some good questions could be:
  • What do you do for a living?
  • What is your greatest fear?
  • Tell me about your parents?
There can be so many questions that you can ask.  You may never use a lot of the information, but it helps to learn who your character is.  What makes them the way they are.  What makes them laugh and cry.  And so much more.

I read many character interviews and interview questionnaires.  I came up with my own template to interview my characters.  It has helped me to develop the story and go more in depth in their pasts.  Here are some interesting points I found in my interviews for my story.

Heroine:

1.  Describe yourself.

2.  What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?

That I really do care about them.  I have a heart for people even though sometimes I don’t show it.

3.  What do you prefer as gifts from your date?
Hero:


1.  Did you grow up with both parents?  One?  Neither?
I grew up with both parents until I was 3.  My dad died then of a drug overdose.  When I was 4, my mom met Jake and he moved in immediately.  They were married a couple weeks later.  I was basically raised, if you could call it that, by my mom and Jake. 
2.  What’s your worst quality?
                 

My impatience!  It gets me in trouble a lot!
3.  What do you want more than anything?
                 

My mom to change her life and find God.

I hope you liked this little snippet of character info from my story.  My characters have rich pasts, rocky roads and caring hearts.  It should make for an interesting time.

Flowers would be nice.  As much as I like getting stuff though, if he respected me, that would be a gift in itself.

I’m not shy!  Anything but!  I love going out and having fun.  I like to pick the place we’re going to hang out at.  I have a lot of friends, but Carrie [heroine's  niece] is my best!  I figure one day I will have to grow up, but who says it has to be now?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Most Wonderful Time

Yes, it's the most wonderful time of the year.  The time we've set aside to remember the birth of our Savior.  What a wonderful time indeed.  Unfortunately, it's something so forgotten at this time of year.  I'm not judging, I'm talking about myself.

While going day to day worrying about things that have come upon us, I've forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.  Today was my first time in Sunday service in 3 weeks.  I helped out in Clubhouse 2 of those weeks and we were absent for the 3rd.  It was really nice to get back in there to hear a good sermon.  Bill had a great message that made me realize that God is there for me.  Even if my prayers aren't answered the way I want or in the time frame I want, that he's there for me.  He always is because he loves me.  That's why he sent his Son to Earth... because he loves me.

So, this Christmas season, I really need to focus on the love of my Father and what He did for me.

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Beginning

So, this is it?  The point where I start putting my ideas, frustrations, joys and so forth out there for you to see. 

It was about this time last year that I really became serious about reaching my goal of sending a manuscript to a publisher.  Not knowing the first thing about what to do, I started by purchasing some books on writing Christian fiction.  The first book "Writing the Christian Romance" by Gail Gaymer Martin was a fabulous way to start.  It taught me so much about writing style, organizing my thoughts and how to present my work when complete.  I emailed Gail to thank her for such a great book and received such a thoughtful response along with some advice.  I'm grateful for the encouragement and instruction I received from Gail.

After reading through a couple other books, I knew I was ready to get started.  I keep a journal of all my inspirations and choose one that I wanted to start with.  From that point I created Character Info Sheets and Character Interviews to get to know my characters.  In some ways, I'm still getting to know them.  But they have strong personalities and are becoming 2 people I adore.  It's been interesting seeing what each character wants and how they will react. 

Now the hard part, writing the story.  I have it all in my head.  I've created a one page synopsis, if you will, of each chapter.  So, it should be easy right?  I wish!  So far, I have about half of the first chapter done.  Well, I thought I had all of it done until I realized how many words a chapter should be.  So, I'm going to go back and work on adding some more depth and draw to the first chapter.  Let's hope it goes well and I'm done with it before next year at this time.