Monday, April 4, 2011

C is for...

Yay! Finally posting the Letter of the Day! :)

C is for...

(This shall count as my "research".) So, I've been reading (duh). Don't get sarcastic with me! I know I love reading! *ahem* Anyways. I haven't been reading as much as I used to. So I decided I had some catching up to do and now I have a pretty little pile of books sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. In addition, I have a few books waiting for me at the library. So, with all this reading going on, I've been trying to get in depth with the characters. "Trying" being the operative word. I can't exactly say that I am getting very much out of it. But I'd like to think so. So a few major points:

1. Don't make the characters *too* complicated. Make them complicated enough to be human, but not psychotic. Unless of course, you're character is psychotic. (Which brings me to my next point...)

2. KNOW who your characters are. You can't write about a person if you don't know who they are. Make them so real that they seem like friends, family. Make them so real that you can have conversations with them in real life. (But don't actually do that, because then *you*end up being the weird one... 0_o)

3. Setting is important. Very important. And you should use a lot of detail, especially in fighting scenes and other action scenes, because those are the ones that need a little more visualizing. And if there are any particular memories tied to this setting? Add them too. Keep the characters involved in the setting. However, *too* much detail? Also bad. Don't get boring. Get to the point.

4. If there is no point... GET ONE! You can't keep repeating the same nonsense over and over. It's boring for both the writer and the reader. You don't want to go there.

5. Don't make your characters mush into one. Be definite with their personalities. One, it makes them more familiar. Two, if there is a metamorphosis anywhere in the book, it'd be nice if you notice it. A good way to notice it is in the way the character acts, thinks, talks.

(This would have to be a memory, I suppose.) So, I stay after school often. I tutor and such, work on homework, you know, all that nerdy stuff. However, for the most part, I stay just to have some more time with my friends. I'm a teenager and all (you're not getting anything other than that :p ). This is what we do: chill. Hang out. Socialize. It's the day and age. So, what does "chillin'" include? Nothing too personal or deep. It's basically just... talk. You don't think too much about what you're saying because, let's face it, it's not all that important. So why do we "chill"? For the very fact that it's not important! Sound absurd, I know. But, really? It's genius. You're just sitting around, talking, laughing, having fun. You're not doing much at all, yet it seems like the best time of your life. Maybe it's just me, though. Or this new generation. Maybe we're all brainwashed into thinking that doing nothing is a good thing, something you want to do (or don't want to, as the case may be). Who knows?

(my short scene?) Mmmmmm. Cake. Just the thought of it... The bread, soft, but not moist. The frosting, sweet, oh so sweet. My cake? No filling. Personally, I find it very distracting. I'd much rather focus on the frosting. Not that whip cream frosting. REAL frosting, icing, whatever you call it. All that sugar... In case you didn't know, I am a big fan of sugar. It's likely I'll end up with something later on. But for now, not worrying about it too much. You only live once. Might as well enjoy it, right? Well, back to the cake. My birthday is tomorrow! (hurray!) Don't know if we'll have cake of not, but hey, a girl can wish, can't she? ;)
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  1. I think a lot of writers were writing about Characters today. The characters are my favorite part of the story. I often prefer character-driven stories.

    And Cake! You've described my favorite kind of cake. I would much rather have sweet rich sugary frosting, especially Chocolate or butter cream.

    Tio Lee
    Tossing It Out

  2. Hi, I'm meeting you through the A-Z Challenge. I agree with what you've said about characters. They need to be their own unique persons.

    Looking forward to following you through the continuation of your writing journey!

  3. Hmm... excellent points!

    I think of my characters as real people. So yeah, I'm weird.


  4. Characters are definitely real to me :) Happy reading and writing!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  5. Hi, nice to meet you through the A-Z challenge :) Hope to see you around!

  6. Characters are the life and breath of every story !! Yay for research ;)

    Following you from A-Z challenge!

  7. Lots of good points! Complex but not too complicated... And yes. *looks around* I do sometimes talk to my characters *nods* But I make sure no one's watching of course *nods*


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