Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Halloween Bash ~ The Evolution of a Writer
Alisha: Welcome back to my Halloween Bash! Day two is upon us and I'm really excited because I love to hear about other writers' methods. Every writer goes through what I call The Writer's Evolution. This is a necessary process to find our own unique voice or writing style. Today Sky is talking about characterization! Excellent topic! What would stories be without out characters? I'm a funny writer. My stories are all built around the setting. I choose a location first and build my story from there. How odd is that? What is your writing method? How have you evolved as a writer? Have you noticed how your favorite authors have evolved over the years? Now let's hear from Sky.
Sky: I’m back! Having so much fun already. Love this blog! Yesterday, I gave you a brief run-down about myself. Today, I’ll be sharing a bit more about my writing method.
Honestly? It’s changed a bit over the years as I imagine any writers would. In this post I’ll skip the research and plotting phase and skip right to what I needed to work on… characterization. I used to be a lot more rigid when it came to conveying my characters. For a long time, though I wrote about them, I was on the outside looking in. What do I mean by that? Well, imagine that you’re watching a movie. Ever find yourself expecting what an actor would do next and sure as heck, he did just that. Pretty predictable, huh? That’s sort of how I used to treat my characters. I made sure they did everything the reader expected of them. Only made sense.
Ugh. Boring. No more!
While I still embrace believability in my characters and reasonable reactions when faced with certain circumstances, I’m now firmly entrenched in their heads. Guess what? Characters like people are unique and different. Often times, how one person responds is not necessarily how another would. I’m not sure how I made it through those early years of ‘boxing’ in my poor characters. But I take everything as a learning experience and always look at my writing as something in which I can improve. Arrogance is for the birds (and some of my male characters *winks*). The wild world of writing is a humbling field. One in which I’m thankful every day that I’m part of.
I’ve rambled on enough. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
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