16 thoughts on “What Do YOU Think?

  1. Though I’ve yet to publish, and at this particular point in time yet to finish a novel, I have taken the time to create a complete bio and backstory for every main, and secondary character I’ve ever written about. I may not have one written before the character is created in the storyline but once they enter it I feel it is only fair to create a history for them. Even if the character’s existence is short lived, they are after all people. I think it adds more to the story and invites the reader to ‘buy in’ to the action if the character means more to you as author than just a, ‘well, I need somebody to die here,’ kind of character. But then again, few people have ever read my actual novel material.

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  2. I agree, with a qualifier; sometimes you come across actually, genuine living folk who act like something out of cliché central. In a narrative they need hard work so the author doesn’t get accused of lazy writing.
    Some I suppose were born that way, others have become so engrossed in a facet of culture & its media portrayal they just live the part.
    And then there are teenagers……. (I survived three)

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    • Isn’t that the truth! I had the same experience. The end of Poggi is that way for me. In the book it’s supposed to be uplifting, a happy ending – and it is; everything works out for everyone… but in reality I was very mixed about ending the story because I was going to miss Sam. She wasn’t going to be with Mike anymore and they were a great team. I knew I’d miss her the most. It was sad to see her go, and I missed her afterwards – so much I brought her back in another story and might give her a series one day. But I console myself that she is still a firecracker every time I open the story (and just as much of a train wreck) so… as you say, that’s how you know you did it right.

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  3. I definitely agree! Plus, I’ve had characters that have seemed to develop such a life of their own that they’ve taken me places I didn’t expect that made the story even better.
    One such character was Ben, who I planned on having just a small part in things. He became such a major player that a couple of beta readers have begged me to do a spin-off featuring his own adventures :o)

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