BlogRoll: Characters Count

Blog Roll A. WrightonWhat’s a blogroll?

It’s a fun way of generating a greater sense of indie writing community, more traffic to individual author blogs, and a deeper sense on the craft of writing.

A blogroll begins with one blog answering a series of themed questions and then introducing several destination blogs and their authors. Those “tagged” bloggers will then answer the questions, include links to the blog(s) that the roll previously appeared on and “tag” several other bloggers to participate.

And so the blog posts roll…

This blogroll is all about characters.
Writing them, editing them, defining them, and playing favorites with them.

If you’re participating in this blogroll, just answer the following questions, include the previously tagged authors and their blogs, and add some new authors/bloggers below. I’d appreciate you including the blogroll image above, but I won’t chase after you with any red pens of doom if you don’t. Yep, it’s really that simple.


Welcome to the BlogRoll: Characters Count!


What is your favorite part about writing characters?

My favorite part about writing characters is when they take on a life of their own. I’m no longer sitting their analyzing and reassessing every action or word, they just tell me what they’d do and how’d they react and I write it down. I know it sounds absolutely insane, but when it happens for the first time with a character it’s a magical moment where you wish Tinkerbell would swing down and dust you with fairy dust to celebrate.

What is the hardest thing you have to do when you create a character and what’s the easiest?

The hardest thing I’ve had to do would be creating a character knowing that I have to kill them off in some horrible way. It’s like saving an earthworm to go fishing with… poor little guy. The easiest thing is writing dialogue for me, especially once they start taking on lives of their own. It really becomes like a TV show or movie inside my head with the back and forth and it’s just fun and intense and action packed to sit and write.

Callon Convergence Dragonics & Runics Part III QUoteWho is your favorite character that you’ve written?

Callon McKafrey from my Dragonics & Runics Series is by far my favorite. I got to throw in some geek girl tributes to Nathan Fillion in him and he is just so raw and unsmoothed and sarcastically blunt, that I can’t help but laugh at just about everything he does in the story (half of which I have to edit out!). He’s a bucket full of trouble and fun, and that’s just writing him!

Who is one character you wish you had written?

LeStat from Anne Rice’s Interview with a Vampire. He’s just all sorts of layered genius.

Is there a character type that intimidates you?

I’m not a huge fan of writing older women. I guess that sounds weird because I am a woman, and I’m not “young” really… I don’t know. I just associate more with the 18-25 crowd than my own age. Maybe it’s my way of pulling a Peter Pan a la writing style?

Is there a character type that you’re really good at?

I think I’ve gotten a knack down for sarcastic characters and damaged characters. Let’s face it — everyone has a little bit of damage, but it’s how much that is shown and how much they let it affect them that makes the big difference. Sarcasm, on the other hand, is an art form. I was practically raised on it, so I’ve got it down pretty well… just ask my mother.

Best tip/trick you’ve learned while writing characters?

Say their dialogue aloud and play the different parts. You’ll know right away if something doesn’t fit with that character in general, or at that emotional moment. There’s something just liberating and enlightening about reading your words aloud — I swear by reading everything out loud when I can, but if nothing else, I read dialogue and make sure it works with each character naturally and beautifully.

BlogRoll Roster

Check out the blogroll on these great blogs!

A. Wrighton – genre-bending novelist, screenwriter, and creative evil genius

Rachel Bolton – blogger, writer, designer, marketer…

Heidi Lillian – a lovely writer with many hats and stories

Check out these blogs for where the blogroll is headed next…

Lisa Bilbrey – romance novelist extraordinaire

Leslie Conzatti – the upstream writer

Writing Stuff – where the marsette things are

Krystol Diggs – learn the krystol writing method

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