Dec 13, 2009

Sizing up the he/she in your novel.

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. Character is a caricature.
–Ernest Hemingway

In my thoughts, I know a soul and with my eyes I see him standing there. But, without the words to paint for you, his acquaintance you’ll never share. –Doree Anderson

1) Setting up the interview.
a) Allow plenty of uninterrupted time. You need to concentrate, observe and document constantly.
b) The setting or meeting place should be comfortable.
1) the couch, kitchen table, the park or the lounge chair on the back porch.
2) supply ambiance with background music and candles.
c) Offer refreshments

Who are you? Who, who are you? –Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey

2) Getting a glimpse into their mind.
a) It’s not just the words they use.
b) hear the passion and tone of voice.
1) does he/she put emphasis on certain words in a sentence, use their hands to highlight their point.
2) are slang words utilized often?

The creations of a great writer are little more than the moods and passions of his own hearts, given surnames and Christian names, and sent to walk the earth. –William Butler Yeats.

3) Picture yourself sitting beside them, what do you see?
a) Document their mannerisms.
1) a hand to their chin, fingers smoothing down a mustache, nervous laughter, eyes roaming.
b) their dress;
1) style, individualism
A) Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink or Annie Hathaway in Prada
c) their features; eyes, hair
1) contacts or glasses, crossed or uneven.
2) dyed hair, long, short, bald, curly or straight.

First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him. –Ray Bradbury

4) Where does he/she see them selves in ten years?
a) education
b) employment
1) ambitions
c) marital status
1) family size or dreams of.

Every human being has hundreds of separate people living under his skin. The talent of a writer is his ability to give them their separate names, identities, personalities and have them relate to other characters living with them. – Mel Brooks

You know your characters and their stories. Now all you have to do is convince your readers that they’re worth the time to meet.

Dec 7, 2009

Hey, yeah! I think I do remember you. Aren't you the oldest son to my mother's youngest sister? So what, you're twenty, twenty one? 40! No way, why I remember just a few years ago that you like...

Do you remember me? Cause, evidently, I don't remember you-.

I spent this past weekend in Henderson at my Aunt's "Celebration of Life" and thought about all the interesting faces that I reacquainted my self with. Cousins that I haven't seen or spoken to since the death of my Grandmother about fifteen years ago have changed. Go Figure! They grew up, got married, had children, oh my! They went on about their lives without me.

And here I stood, realizing that I had done the same. My daughter and grandson were with me and were strangers to a lot of them. We say this is a small world yet we let time speed by before we reaquaint ourselves with family so how can we say that we stay in contact with friends? We don't.

I mailed out somewhere around sixty five Christmas Cards. A small amount for sure, but it's because I don't keep in contact with people. I send them (if I remember to) a card once a year that says, "Hey, I remembered to send a card and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas. Unfortunately, I haven't got the time to call or visit and so, I can't recall if you're married, have children or were you that friend that died? Gee, sorry. But, at least I'll write out your name and address on an envelope and once again tell people that I stay in touch with old friends.

When I had a cousin ask what I do for a living and I said that I write, he asked what I wrote and I went on to tell him, books. Obviously, it's not letters! I write books about people that I make up yet I don't write to those whom I already know. So, here is to all those that I sent out a card to; drop me a note and I'll get back to you around... this time again next year :-(.