Characters!

Someone asked me today to give her tips about character development. The thing is, there’s no easy answer to that question. Every writer has his/her own way of developing characters.

For me, it takes a while for the characters to set up housekeeping in my mind. Then, once they get comfortable, they become very noisy and intrusive, constantly nagging me to get their story down on paper.

For example, yesterday, as I played tennis, the characters’ voices experimented with descriptions in my head. “How about this?!” one shouts. “Carrie’s eyes filled up with tears.”

“No, no, no,” corrects another. “Carrie isn’t the type to cry. Maybe say…’her eyes glistened’. Yeah, that’s the ticket! Go with that.”

Besides being loud, these mental houseguests can get demanding, too.

“What are you thinking? Having me eat banana pancakes for breakfast?” complains one character to me. “You know I’m allergic to gluten!”

Well, I didn’t know. But now I do.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.

Comments

  1. Ann says:

    Oh no, don’t tell me you’re hearing voices in your head! You aren’t old enough for that!!! lol

  2. Anonymous says:

    uh oh….schizophrenia…..this make me worried mom!!!