Last week, after reading a blog from “The View Outside” about character building and taking a look at the questions from the site Vikki recommended. I thought for a while, I’d got 4 characters sitting on my kitchen table, that maybe I should interview. I knew that there would be a certain amount of questions that would be irrelevant, so I wouldn’t need to spend so much time analysing “wrong”
I settled myself down, the first few questions weren’t a problem, – I’d already had a small outline in my head about Greta, how old she was, where she had come from, but then it got harder, as I tried to interview her on the other questions, even the question of what’s your favourite movie? I sat pondering, looking out the window, desperately digging deep, willing an answer, to materialise. “Blank”, – I have a well stocked library of movies in the cupboard, and my mind just couldn’t think of one thing. In the end, I just had to go and investigate the DVD’s in the hope that it would give me some hint of inspiration, at last there it was, “Cats” the musical, well of course, how silly of me, Greta had been to see the show twice, and one of those occasions she’d been to the West End to see it with friends.
I’m still not finished, and I’ve got another 4 characters to interview (yes, I’ve added one more).
So I wonder? ………..
Does getting to know your characters get any easier?
Will it be Christmas, before I get to write my first paragraph ?
And, can anyone, give me any tips or hints that might help me along the way?