In my last post, I set a goal to complete my heroine's profile packet by the end of the week. Two nights spent in *Nadja's World* has paid off. Miss Juliana Adele Paxton has quirks, mannerisms, family relationships, temperament, and history mapped out on what used to be blank pages. Today I begin the same process on the hero, Mikhail Zakarov. I hadn't expected to progress so ...so fluidly. Smiles mark the occasion.
Character development interests me a great deal. Authors seem to have such varied means to reach the same end. What works for me may seem awkward or overwhelming or lacking to another. Yet we all strive for the same goal, well developed characters. I am amazed at the ability of some to begin writing and let the character develop as the story unfolds! I've plugged this book before, and happily do so again..
Outlining Your Novel, K.M. Weiland is a fantastic resource. The proof is in comments from readers. They loved the results! Evangeline Grey, her mother Opal, and the delicious Thomas Masterson came to life through the employment of Weiland's wonderful suggestions. I heartily recommend this book.
How does the process unfold for you? Have a resource to recommend? Leave a comment and I'll be glad to post a list of fellow author's favorite writing resource tips/books.
I'm off to complete the domestic duties for the day. I'll zoom through - anticipating my evening curled up with notebook and pencils. Mikhail.... Hmmm. What a nice thing to look forward to.