This was supposed to go up yesterday but events conspired against me… I blame solar storms. After all, you can’t post about Vampires when there is a lot of solar activity around…
Writing in Character
By Rebeka Harrington
First up let’s get the shameless self-promotion out of the way… Check out my character blog at www.vampiresrevealed.com. The reason I mention that is because I want to talk about writing in character.
There are many ways a writer might use when trying to develop a new character. One popular method is to draw up a character ‘sheet’, outlining the character’s appearance and traits which make them unique. I tried this and it didn’t work very well for me, maybe I’m a bad writer. (The jury is still out on that one.)
What does work exceedingly well for me is ‘talking’ to my characters. Also I am blessed/cursed (you decide) with movies playing inside my head, my characters having the leading roles. You’re probably starting to wonder if I’m not a little crazy, I guess the jury hasn’t quite made a decision on that one either.
Originally when I started writing a blog in character, it was my way of getting the conversation started with Bektamun. (Bektamun is a 3000 year old female vampire and is the focus of my debut title “Vampires Revealed.”) At first there was a blurring between the lines as to what was my opinion or Bektamun’s. Now though it is easy for me to determine what Bektamun’s thoughts or reactions would be in any given situation.
Because my writing focuses on vampires and their role in the world, writing in character as Bektamun has been vital in the development of ‘my’ vampire mythology. The more I write in character as Bektamun the easier it is for me to understand where things fit in ‘her world’. This in turn makes it easier for me to write an engrossing and believable environment for my readers.
Also as a part of my character blog I keep short biographies of major characters. This has made it much easier for me to spot strengths, weaknesses and motivation in my characters. It also provides light entertainment and character insight for my readers.
So what is the point of all this rambling?
While there are many ways you might use to create unique, memorable and believable characters; ultimately you must choose what is right for you. If I hadn’t surrendered to the craziness perhaps Bektamun’s voice would never have been heard.