WRITE-IT WEDNESDAY

TIPS ON HOW TO WRITE YOUR CHARACTERS

Part 1

Naming your character

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    Write down your character’s full name (first name, middle name, and last name), and any other names/nicknames/titles he or she has. Try not to use your name, or someone else’s name that you know, as this may be considered personal information.

    • Your character doesn’t have to have their name mentioned in your novel. You may be writing a mystery have your main character may just be referred to as, for example, the Man, all the way through the novel. Even if this is the case, to add depth to your character, you should know them inside-out even if the reader will not.
    • Some characters may not get their name until you’ve fleshed them out. That’s okay too––go with whatever feels right as you develop the character.
    • Give your character a unique, memorable name. Baby name books are a good resource. You can also check sites that help new parents to name a baby.
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Part2

Developing your character

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    Describe your character’s physical features. Does he/she have red or blonde hair? Are his/her eyes green, blue, or two different colors? What color is his/her skin? Is he or she human, animal, robot or mythical creature. Make your character unique.

    • Describe your character in an interesting way, even your character is meant to be bland or average. Pink hair with pale skin and green eyes? Or short brown hair, brown eyes, and a good tan? Maybe brown hair with purple streaks, brown eyes, and ghostly pale skin. The possibilities are vast, just make the descriptive language good, so that it conjures up the character for the reader.
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    Write down your character’s main features, traits and activities. This includes:

    • Nationality, social status and job/occupation.
    • Beliefs, values, preoccupations, superstitions, preferences, fears or phobias (Is he/she afraid of the dark? Or maybe spiders?) and why they fear that specific thing.
    • Friends/allies, enemies, any family he/she has, any lover or crush, etc.
    • Particular talents (maybe he/she is good at juggling), any movements/protests he/she is involved in (describe the movement/protest and its purpose), and past/childhood (maybe he/she used to be a warrior, or a bank-robber), etc.
    • Hobbies/things he/she likes to do for fun.
    • Describe his/her current home (in full detail) and past/childhood home.
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    Describe the character’s personality in detail. Is he/she loud and flamboyant, or more the quiet introvert? Does he/she stand for his/her beliefs? Is he/she shy, or in-your-face? You want your readers to know exactly what kind of person your character is, if required.

    • Of personality traits, which are the best? They are all great for working with as a writer, but you must choose a reasonable selection that best fits your character––don’t try to overwhelm the character with an unlikely combination of many traits.
    • Don’t give the character merely neutral or good traits. Also spice it up with the vices and weaknesses. Your character is best if presented as imperfect (in actions, appearance or personality). Your character can make mistakes, have bad habits, and possess little interesting quirks. This is what makes the character interesting. For example: Is he so nice that he gets taken advantage of? Or is she so pretty that is goes to her head? Maybe she is such a tomboy that the guys don’t mind including her in guy’s night out?
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    Flesh out the character’s past. Your character’s background is the most important thing about them. That is when they learned what they know today. Was her father a drunk and beat her so badly that she is scared of guys? Or maybe her father was never even in the picture and her mother wasn’t the best mother? Maybe she is the oldest child and takes care of her two little brother since her parents left her at a young age to fend for herself? What are you going to make happen?
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    Develop a plot that relates to the character’s involvement. What is a good story without a good plot? Maybe your character fell in love with the wrong person and now has to find a way out before it is too late? Maybe your character has become mixed up with some bad people or a strange mystery. Maybe your character has only months to live and wants to do something great. Keep imagining away!

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Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Character-for-Your-Novel

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TUESDAY TALENT

Keeping in honor of Memorial Day…geelovestowrite is honored to present one of the best authors to write military novels of our time…Tom Clancy!

Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science storylines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print.[1] His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghostwriters, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games.

 

 

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Source: www.wikipedia.com

WRITE-IT WEDNESDAY

How to write a query letter…

The Do’s:
  1. Do address your query specifically to an agent.
  2. Do state the title of your book.
  3. Do mention the word count and genre of your book.
  4. Do mention exactly why you’re approaching Ms. Agent.
  5. Do adopt the “proper” tone for your query letter.
  6. Do keep your query to one-page only.

The stand-alone query letter has one purpose, and one purpose only: to seduce the agent or editor into reading or requesting your work. The query letter is so much of a sales piece that you should be able to write it without having written a single word of the manuscript.

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Source: Writer’s Digest and Jane Friedman

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Novelist…

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

(born 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in the Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.

Her works include:  Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006),  The Thing Around Your Neck (2009) and  Americanah (2013).  She has a long list of nominations and has received other recognition for her work.

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Source: Wikipedia

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geelovestowrite presents the notable…

Richard Nathaniel Wright

 

(September 4, 1908 – November 28, 1960) was an American author of sometimes controversial novels, short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially related to the plight of African Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries, who suffered discrimination and violence in the South and the North. Literary critics believe his work helped change race relations in the United States in the mid-20th century.

 

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Source: Wikipedia

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geelovestowrite honors one of the greats…

toni-morrison

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison (born Chloe Ardelia Wofford;[1] February 18, 1931) is an American novelist, editor, and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue, and richly detailed characters. Among her best known novels are The Bluest Eye (1970), Sula (1973), Song of Solomon (1977), and Beloved (1987).

Morrison won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved.

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Source: Wikipedia