Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Costumes and Characters

by Tristi Pinkston

It's October, and that means Halloween, and that means chocolate!  Um, actually, that's not the focus of this blog, but hey, it's always fun to talk about chocolate. What I really want to talk about is costumes.

It's so much fun to put on a costume and pretend to be someone else. In that princess dress, you feel beautiful and feminine. In that pirate costume, you feel powerful, like you rule the seven seas. You can be anyone, conquer anything, and have any experiences you wish. You can change your whole personality - be anyone else in the world.

And that's also what makes writing so much fun.

When you write, pretend like you've just put on a costume. Pretend to be your character. What would she think? How would he act? What would she say? Put yourself in their shoes.

A lot of new writers struggle with putting emotions into their books. A great way to go about it is to pretend that the book is happening to you, and then write how you would feel. You don't have to figure out how your character would feel because you know how you would feel. Of course, you'd tweak it a little to match your character's personality and whatnot, but you are your own best testing ground for emotional writing.

So put on your writing "costume" and get to work. Become your characters. See what they see. Have the adventures they have. And above all else, have a great time!

1 comment:

Canda said...

Mmmmm--chocolate! When Deanna and I revise, emotional responses are always the part we notice we've left out of scenes. Thanks for the reminder.