If you have served in the Armed Services, or have a loved one who did:
Today, I went to the cemetery and took pictures.
Photographs taken by and (c) Georgette Graham, 2012
Tell me the truth. You’re in love with at least one of your fictional characters, aren’t you?
As writers, I think we all have intense emotional relationships with our characters. Whether you would describe it as love, or hate, fascination, or even feeling that your characters are running the story and you’re just taking dictation, we’re all emotionally invested in our characters.
We know what our characters like and want. We know their tastes, and their whims. So, here’s a challenge for the writers out there:
Date your character!
We’re all busy trying to work our writing into our daily lives. But, putting some time aside to get in touch with your character can be a fun way to recharge your creative batteries, find inspiration, and end writer’s block.
Let’s look at a “What If…” scenario. What if your character traveled across time, space, death, and reality to spend the day with you. You, my friend, are taking them out on the town. Character not of your preferred gender? That’s fine! They’re now your best buddy!
Play the music, get dressed, go out and order the meal, and ENJOY!
I realize this may seem silly to some of you. Try it anyway! Remember, you’ll only get out of it what you put in. If you put thought, planning, and emotion into this, it can be a fun way to kindle a new sense of excitement and enthusiasm for your character and your story.
So, go ahead! I won’t wait up!
I’m on my way out of town to visit family for my niece’s baptism this weekend. I’m going to have a great time! I hope everyone else has a wonderful weekend, and I want to say hello and thank you to my new followers!