Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Character building tips from Wonder Woman!

Based on Jane and Stu's last blogs I think drastic intervention is called for!
Jane - stop cleaning the house! Stu - the only pants you're allowed near are Wonder Woman's!
Here are some tips about character building from Wonder Woman herself. She reckons she knows a thing or two about this because she started from scratch and her hints will keep you focussed on your novel which, one day, will grace bookshelves and Amazon websites all around the world. Now, hitch up those star-studded knickers, smooth out the wrinkles in your tights, adjust your headband and pay attention!
The characters you create are part of you, they have to live and breathe and you have to know how they will react in any given situation. You may not like them but that's not a bad thing, it means you've created an effective character. They have to have a background, a previous life before you 'met' them - do they have a favourite memory and what are they proud of? What kind of work, if any, do they do and do they enjoy it? Where do they live - in a town/city/village, near the sea? In a house, a caravan, a flat or literally on the street? Look at their home life - do they have a family? Are they in a relationship and what's it like? Who is closest to them? What is their temperament like - jolly, depressed, decisive, impulsive, obsessive? You have to keep questionning them. The characters you create are what they are because of the experience and knowledge you give them.
Are you focussed? Just in case you're not quite there yet, Wonder Woman would like to inspire you with a few lyrics:
Wonder Jane, Wonder Stu.
All the world's waiting for you,
and the power you possess.
In your satin tights,
Fighting for your rights
And the old Red, White and Blue.
Wonder Jane, Wonder Stu.
Now the world is ready for you,
and the wonders you can do.

PS: I do hope you got the lego/character building analogy...

1 comment:

  1. What a 'wonder'ful blog Kate! You've really made me chuckle - and pants to the housework!