Posted by Diana Layne Apr 16 2012, 12:01 am in FBI, Mafia, Mafia Princess, RT Book Reviews, soccer, The Good Daughter
When I am struggling with my characters, there are two different techniques I use to get to know them. The first is pretty simple and I bet most writers have tried this: write the scene in first person in that character’s point of view. Most of the time this works for me because by writing in first person, I, in effect, become that character and start seeing things through his or her eyes. (yes, it works male or female)
But then there are those stubborn characters. The ones who refuse to cooperate or who are so closed off you can’t figure out what they are doing. For those, I resort to character interviews, or as I more appropriately call it here, character confessions. I am like the old-time journalist who grabs hold and refuses to let go until I get the truth. Even if they get mad at me and strike back (with words only, none of my characters would hit me—if one ever did a dreadful painful death would await them.)
Posted by Diana Layne Mar 16 2012, 12:01 am in Diana Layne, Holly Lisle, How to Revise Your Novel, How To Think Sideways, Italy, Mafia, mob daughter, New York City, Randy Ingermanson, revisions, snowflake, The Good Daughter
Welcome back to Rip and Rebuild: Revisions Part 2! If you missed part 1, you can find it here.
Today we’re talking:
Nuts and Bolts: How to put it all together