I stumbled upon a few interesting articles on character development within various writing forums. I thought the conversation was interesting because a lot of writers create backstories for each of their characters. They have a character file, folder, or notebook that contain everything about their characters.
Name, demographics, family history, ambitions, likes, dislikes, dialogue, and more.
It’s really interesting what other writers are using to help them stay connected to their characters and most importantly…motivated.
One of my goals for the beginning of this new year is to get to know my protagonist better. I’ll call her “M” for now.
I love her and can’t wait to share more.
But after several revisions, I found myself losing touch with her. It became clear that I needed to know “M” and not just about her. I’d like to explore the world that she lives in and why she does… well, the things she does.
One of the best exercise in writing motivation is to reconnect with your character in some way. For me it can be either visual (art or photos) and music. So I began revisiting her favorite music. Bands that she likes.
Retro stuff like KC & the Sunshine Band, The Pretenders, Wolf & Cub, Ssshheee, New Radicals, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephants, The Strokes, and The Kooks…just to name a few.
The Pretenders is perhaps her cool girl vibe coming out. It’s her retro side. Something that I don’t think she realizes is what makes her different. Maybe that’s why “C” the boy that falls for her, is blown away when he first sees her. The feeling isn’t mutual for her…at first, so this isn’t a love at first sight story for “M”.
“M’s” favorite line from this song, Message Of Love:
Me and you, every night, every day
We’ll be together always this way
Your eyes are blue like the heavens above
Talk to me darlin’ with a message of love
She has one best friend (Anna)
-gifted in music, prefers the violin and piano
-loves dancing in front of her mirror
-loves drawing, art, doodling on her binder and notebooks when she’s bored
-is a good girl
-wants to attend Juilliard
In another post I’ll share more about my visuals that I use. For now, these are just a few thoughts I had.
Okay…back to work!
I hope you had a Merry Christmas!
I finished this entry last week and didn’t have time to post it until today. Can you believe it? 8 days later?
I’m collecting positive quotes, inspirations, stories, and things I find worthy and uplifting to be included in this journal. I started so late in 2016…actually on December 1st. It’s never too late though, and since we’re fast approaching 2017, I think it will be perfect.
I’ve filled up so many notebooks already so it was fun to get another one and start over again. And yes, I’m actually one of those people who completely fill my notebooks.
Sewing in this book is a lot easier too. This style really opens up flat so the page doesn’t want to force itself to close. I don’t know if that makes any sense, but if you like to sew on paper like I do, and particularly in books, you’ll want something that can maneuver around that sewing needle easily.
credit: Jill Conyers
Let’s talk about music. Any writers out there who have their own playlist?
A playlist that helps them “see the story” ?? I’m sure lots of writers have a collection of songs stored somewhere and it’s pretty interesting to see what others are collecting.
I have one. You can check it out under my blog link What’s On My Mind. I’m constantly updating the list, adding to it songs I discover. I’ll listen to anything and I’m not picky with music.
Here’s one particular song I recently discovered on the Free People blog. It’s called Time To Wait by Margo May with Ssshheee. They are so cool!! This song fits the mood of my work perfectly. I thought you might like it and wanted to share.
Check them out and let me know what you think.
I discovered this cool drone ballet show last week on Vimeo. It’s extremely creative on several fronts. The first being the use of drones to create a beautiful synchronized performance. This to me is a wonderful use of technology for uplifting others and sharing cool inspiration.
I also love the stage set for this performance. The use of lighting and while the backdrop is dim, you can still see Mt. Fuji in the background. It’s such a majestic view!
Finally, the other creative element I love in this project is the music. The musicians are playing a Japanese instrument called a Shamisen. It’s literally a three string instrument. Such an illuminating mix of traditional sound meets present day.
After watching this video, I hope they perform at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics! Wouldn’t that be awesome?
In the end, it truly is sky magic.
I hope you’ll enjoy it and have a great weekend!
I wanted to share this incredible quote with you.
Print this quote out.
Place it where you’ll see it every day.
Live by it.
I was in Atlanta a few weeks ago and paid a visit to one of my favorite stores- Anthropologie. Just walking through their front door was exhilarating enough. I soak up all their creativity inside the store. From the display designs to the actual products themselves.
One product I discovered is this planner.
Big Plans Planner.
It’s roughly sized at 6×8 with a monthly view calendar and weekly agenda. I would have preferred a daily task agenda but I already use something for this at my workspace. Daily tasks are checked off in my daily agenda like a to do list.
This planner is what I carry around and inside the weekly agenda, I basically list off things in my brain that I need to get done. It’s something of a quick brain dumpsite. I always forget things! I tried the cell phone calendar and planner, and it’s great since I get electronic reminders on my laptop, but I still need paper to remind me. I also use this planner as a notebook since it’s a 3- ring binder system. Perfect for holding onto magazine clippings and articles I just happen to find.
I made my own planner charms and tassels that are attached to the top binder clip. The pink beads are from Walmart and I just used pretty twine from my local craft store. It’s just a little decorative embellishment. If I wanted to, I could use it as a bookmark for the weekly agenda page I’m on.
Everyone has their own method and the hard part is discovering what that method is. It has taken me several trials to figure out what I like using the most.
So how do you organize your life? What method works best for you? Electronic calendar, paper planner, or both?
Trust that when the answer is no, there’s a better yes down the road.