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WIP Wednesday

July 20, 2011 | WIP Wednesday

Characters arrive in my head as three dimensional beings, but there’s a huge catch. They don’t reveal themselves, except in stingy little slivers. I get glimpses of them in action or reaction. Peeks at a corner of their world. I hear snippets of their conversations. Gradually, and usually painfully, I paint a portrait of the latest protagonist.

Invariably, I get some of the details wrong. If the detail is minor–the color of his eyes or the shape of his nose–fixing the lapse is easy. If I misunderstand his motives, his backstory, or his goal, then my mistake requires serious revisions. The further along the story, the tougher to correct a big flaw in the portrait. This is the reason I spend hours and hours working on the character sketches and concept before I write word one.

The pre-writing process helps, but it doesn’t eliminate mistakes–not even the really horrible ones. :cwy:

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