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Does your characters confuse the reader? Do you explain what they are doing so a reader can understand? What method do you use?

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Characters make a story. It all depends on how you use them. Too many can distract the story and confuse the reader. Jumping to one and then another too fast is not a good idea.
Let the reader find something about the character first before you jump ahead to another.
Sometimes, when you have a problem discribing a character all you have to do is watch shows and see what they look like, and how they act, and what they do. Then if they touch something, let the reader feel what they touch by showing them in a way they can get the feeling of it.

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I never wrote any. I imagine, if I did, it would probably be something like a ghost that comes to help someone and then goes back when that person no longer needs their help. I don't write fantasy, only romance, but not strictly romance, as my conflict may have more than one character involved in it.

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Immortality

The immortal character has its appeal to many readers. There is that vampire craze whether they sparkle or not put aside, the fact that they were immortal plays a factor into the story but they aren't the only ones. In regular fantasy, that character is the elf, who most of the time are considered to be immortal. However, these characters are often disliked too in part because of the "perfection" given to them and also in part because I think the immortality. When a character doesn't have the threat of death then it changed the entire perspective on life.

Then again, I don't do the immortal elves. My elves might have a different lifespan but they are not immortal. I find the immortal characters as main characters hard to relate to because we are mortals ourselves. It's going to be harder for the reader to relate to the person who doesn't wonder what will happen at the end.

What do you think about immortal character?

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I am sure they will. There are some who will and some who will not. I have had many comments on my first book and people loved it. The other day I let someone older read it and she was sad because the story was not a happy one. So I guess the younger crowd it didn't bother but the older person it did.

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The story I'm quickly writing today for a little contest on WDC uses one of the characters people really like from my romance/erotica stories. It's a part of his story earlier than the novel, way before he meets the other guy. In the novel, some either really like Kyle (that is the other character) and others really like Thomas (the character I'm writing about today). I have a friend who has a little literary crush on Thomas in fact. So, it's fun to write something with him in it on occasion.

But that is what I want when it comes to my characters. I want readers to not only care about them or like them, but to have some connection. It's so great that my friends loves the character so much. I hope others will when I get the novel done.

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Sometimes, I will show the character, so people can see how he acts, but things he does.

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There are some good character works sheets. They can vary from 5 questions to one questionnaire that was over 100 questions (though some were a little repetitive). I don't fill them out much for most of my characters except for the novel prep work I do before NaNoWriMo.

I need to work on describing characters more and doing it in different ways. I try to leave a lot of room for the reader to envision the character themselves but helps to have a few details to build them up in their mind.

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i started a page with just characters. I put down description, things they do, places they go, etc. It helps when I want a character.

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Thank you.
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Sounds like a good story. Good luck with it.

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No, not going back to before the walk. She falls through the clouds so the rest of the story is about her struggles after falling.

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Oh! So you then talk about how she got to the last walk? That is a good way to start with people wondering about it. I like it.

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No, the walk is the start of the novella. She's a cloud-walker but one can only do that for so long before they get too heavy. The novella starts with her last walk on the clouds.

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What is the final walk about? Is she going to die?

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I've added a secondary character to the novella. A boy named Perry. He helps Trix get ready for her final walk. I'm considering having him show up later on in the story, having left the ship to try and find her, maybe. It's an idea at least.

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Yeah, think I'll stick with Kit at least for the first draft. Thanks. :-)

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Yeah, I think the two Xs might be confusing. I like Kit, though.



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Actually, I did have a name for the secondary character, but I'd forgotten it already. Was thinking of having her name be Kit, maybe having some call her Fox from the group surviving where they do, but not sure if that will be confusing with Trix. Two x-ending names might be something that needs changing but for now, it's just a first rough draft so I can go with whatever names work for the time being.

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For my novella I started working on, the main character and the secondary character are both... female. Yep, I have some girl characters this time around.

The main character is named Trix and she's a cloud-walker. She's interesting so far. Young, very small (in order to walk on clouds can't weigh a whole lot). It's more of a middle grade novel so I'm thinking of having her maybe be 10 or 11. Not sure yet. She lives in the upper city and works on the floating ships, cloud-walking as entertainment.

The secondary character I don't have a name for yet. She lives below the clouds, in a harsh mix of nature and chemical debris that made the land seem unlivable. Most the parents left to work in cities to help get money but never returned. She is a survivor, can fight for herself and takes in strays on a regular basis, caring for them.

Just need to get writing (when I'm not editing).

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Interesting. I write mostly male characters but they use first names when they use names to talk to each other. A good percent of the time the names aren't mentioned in the dialogue though, it's just me putting who is talking or doing something, like when it's Dominic or Bastian or Noah. I don't have any reason for their last name in most cases.

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A lot of times my male characters call other male characters by their last names. I, too, hate thinking of names. Though I did just name my next hero.



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Those I get in, thus my finding a name for the principal. However, it's the ones that the main character wouldn't use the last name when talking to them, like friends and such, that I never give last names to, or the main character themselves.

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I remember someone telling me once that you need to have a last name to refer to, like if you are talking about a teacher and you would not call him/her by their first name, they would be Mr. so and so.

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Thanks for trying. I'm going to skip over it for now.

Some reason when I write I use the first name but not the last name of most characters. My adult mutant main character I don't even have his last name mentioned till over half way through the novel, when he is remembering a time he got in trouble in school. Something I should probably work on with my stories.

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Bismar
Casmar
Elsmere
Friner

I always have last names. Last night and today worked on novel and my neck is sore.

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Thanks but I'd probably not want one that starts with J because his friends last name is Jareks. I wonder if I should give the math teacher a name too. Hmmm So far in the novel I have last names that start with G, J, V, B, and D. Though interestingly enough, this is the only novel where a good percent of the character have last names. I don't often ever mention last names when I'm writing.

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How about jazmar?

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And I'm back on the character name part. But this time it's for a minor character. I need a last name for a principal for the teen main character to know when referencing her bringing in the new student. I need one that won't interfere or be too close to the other last names in the book. Right now I just call her Principal Blankness. lol

It's proving a minor challenge. I have Booth, Gray, Dimerez and I think Vaghn as last names in the book. Just need one more easy last name for the principal.

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When choosing characters, at the same time it is nice to give them descriptions of what they look like. How they feel? Are they emotional, are they married, etc. This way when you are talking about a character you have a lot of detail you can refer to.

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Character names = They are important.

I had a story entered in a contest I run that was written in third person but no names were given to the characters. It was just "he" and "she" which was easy enough to distinguish who was who, but it lacked something. (I could never try it cause I write he and he, instead of he and she, so that would confuse readers.) A character's name is part of their identity. Knowing the little details like that helps a reader get to know the character and care about them. I was less interested in what happens to a random he and she, than I would have if the story had been about Steve and Beth.

It doesn't have to be a name with deep meaning, though sometimes that is appropriate too, but give the characters who are of importance a name. It will really help the reader care about them.

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No....I just write what comes into my mind. It is easier for me that way. Jot down everything and then when I edit I start to cut and paste.

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And my bad guy isn't really a bad guy. He pops in about halfway through the story and wants what he wants. He's very used to getting his own way and can be childish when that doesn't happen. He's the catalyst for the Big Black Moment.

Camey, do you have the goal, motivation, and conflict thought out? Even though I don't outline, I need those three things in order to get started.



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Well antagonists don't have to be bad per se, they just are against the protagonists goals in the story.

But sometimes it's fun to write from the villains pov. Good to get a different perspective in the story because if they are written realistic enough, all it would take to change their role in the story would be that shift in viewpoint. From their pov they are the protagonist of the story. The bad guy in my adult mutant story does have his good points. He can be encouraging to the main character even though he likes to manipulate him, and wants to support him and his abilities. Good to have multi-dimensional characters no matter their role in the story.

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Do you like to write with bad characters? I usually have good ones dealing with romance.
I have started a new one about a man a woman sees standing in front of a department store who keeps looking at her, until a woman comes out and walks away beside him.

Later she meets him at a meeting her boss sent her to, at a hotel. He manages to find a seat beside her but does not talk, but she catches his eye on her, now and then.

Further along, her boss is taking on a partner in the business and she is surprised when she has to invite the partner in and finds it is the man that was sitting next to her. Now, she has to work with him. What will happen next, I don't know yet.

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My pseudo-villain can't decide if he's nice or smarmy. Or both. :)



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Ah yes, to the topic. Those characters indeed.

What characters are talking to you today?

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So, going back to the actual topic... :)

My story is past the Big Black Moment, and the woman who was the catalyst for this has come to ask my hero a favor. She's trying to redeem herself, and tells Hero that he needs to come back and see the heroine.

It was a great place to add some vulnerability, but when I wrote him saying these things out loud, it didn't sound all that good. Tonight I'll make it internal dialogue and see if that helps.



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More like first come, auction war ;)



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So true. I have had some write me a nice friendly note and wish me well elsewhere because it was not suited for there readers. But others have not and before you could send to others at the same time, now, some don't want you to, if you send to them. So many rules have changed making it harder to get published. I think it was so much easier when I had my first book published. When I sent my children book to Harper Collins, the editor loved it and then it was sent to marketing who turned it down saying it was not suited for their young readers.
So one can like it and one can not. Same with my cancer article for Ladies' Home Journal.
The submission dept. loved it, and sent it to the health editor and they never responded.
Again, email said if you do not hear then they are not going to print it. So I guess you just have to take your chances. I send to others that say they will not respond after 3 months, at the same time I send to them. Then first come first serve.

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See it depends on the venue. I know a lot of the short sci-fi and fantasy magazines say after so long if you haven't heard anything to send them a friendly reminder. Granted it's more like 6months or so before you can email in case things got lost in the system, but still. And some agents are like that too. If you don't hear after so long then it's okay to send a polite email. But yeah, the site you posted says if you don't hear they didn't want it, which is too bad. I know the publisher I interned with gave everyone a response even if it was going to be a no. But some are like that.

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I have some out there I haven't heard from. Usually, they say after 3 months if you do not hear they are not interested. After xmas, i will get started again. Just too busy now and stuff could get lost in the mail.

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OH, okay. I don't know where I saw the query thing.

I had submitted to Alicia C. based on an interview (I queried, she said send me the full, and I did) but never heard back. :(

(Course, it doesn't matter NOW because that's the story I sold, but still.)



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It says cover letter, 3 chapters and synoposis. It is under fiction, first line on site.

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That's what I like about playlists for novels. If I am not in the mood, all I have to do is turn on the playlist.

I'll admit, I sometimes blame things on my characters but I'm also one of those authors who will say that it's not really them doing anything. It's all me and my crazy head. So, I don't need them to talk, I just need to get myself to do the work.

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It says they just want a query. Though I agree, you should polish those chapters so they'll be ready when the editors as for them.



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I am going to try Kensington Publishing Co. They have a list of different editors for different types of novels. Here is the site. www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm
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Task done. The moment before happened face to face and when I moved it, it was over the phone. Which made the facial expressions hard to do. *laugh*

Camey, which publisher? Let us know when you send it so we can wait with you.



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Sounds like fun. LOL I have to check if the publisher wants 5 chapters or 3, I forgot.
I have 3 already to go.

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Well, they might have had the moment, but I have to move it to later in the book. That will be tonight's task.



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I think it depends on the mood you are in when your characters talk to you.They can take so many different avenues to get to where you want them to go. Sometimes, you get there quick and other times slowly, but you always get there.

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Well, my characters threw me for a loop the other night. They decided to have a moment. A nice, tender moment when before it was mostly physical. Thanks a lot, guys. Now I have to change other things.



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Since I ended up writing some scenes from Xan (the warder's) pov I picked a song to listen to whenever I write his scenes. It ended up being It's Time by Imagine Dragons. Not a group I was familiar with and I'm not sure why this song works for Xan but it does. So, I'm listening to it now and working on one of his scenes.

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My favorite musical song is Nobody's Side from Chess. Genius! But not in a Stephen Sondheim kind of way.



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Musicals are awesome! With the write character/story I could use some of those songs. Like "On My Own" is one of the best unrequited love songs. Or that ahaha genius moment could be "This is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde.

I love musicals. hehehe

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I can't do playlists. I like music, but I'm not all that into it, except for Broadway musicals. And those songs already have their own characters :)



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I do playlists for novels to listen to when I write them. Some I manage to find songs for specific characters, or couples, and others are scene related. I do have a few that are for the novel in general. For the paranormal romance the main song is Vulnerable by Secondhand Serenade because the two characters who fall in love are both vulnerable and needing someone.

Because the main character loses trust in his warder in the one I'm planing to write in November, the song Sorry by Buckcherry makes me think of the warder and a section of the novel. Heard it in the store and my story came to mind right away.

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I've never actually done songs for them, although there is a song by Emerald Rose called "Fire in the Head" that reminds me of one of my novels, for some strange reason.

And lately I've been kind of playing with "What kind of animal would they be?"

Autheren (one of the kids in my never ending series) would be a Labrador retriever puppy. He's kind of clumsy and awkward and eager to please and full of enthusiasm and tries to befriend everyone, and, well, he's a lab puppy!

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That is a great idea.

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Music and Characters

I like to make playlists for my novels and it's nice when I can find a song that makes me think of the main character in particular. Here are a few I have.

Noah - Second Chance by Shinedown
Aeon - No Light, No Light by Florence & The Machine
Ottohahn - Through Glass by Stonesour And Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert
Wyck - Everything Changes by Staind
Sage - Outside Looking In by Jordan Pruitt


There are many other songs in each novel's play lists but those songs make me think of the characters in particular. I also have songs for specific couples too. hehe

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I suspose there are a lot of avenues around the subject. None of my stories have shown any anger in them yet.

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I'm just not drawn to "angry" characters if that is their main trait.

Noah deals with anger and he has to because if he lets it build up then when it does get out, due to the nature of his powers, the situation could get ugly fast. But he's also against violence. He does pretty well with control for the most part, though struggles in arguments with his father (who anger is bad too cause he has super strength and could easily hurt someone).

How one handles conflicting emotions does show a lot about the character. Something to consider when working on them, I would say.

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I suspose you could have him use bad words when he is angry and then say he is sorry.
But saying sorry too many times is not good husband material. LoL

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I probably should amend that. Some angry can work, like angry with himself as he struggles with a difficult past or guilt from something, that would probably be okay. It's how the anger is handled and what he does to the other person. Angry where he tends to be abusive in any way (emotional, verbal or physical) but still manages to be the love interest, that I have a hard time being okay with.

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I could handle angry all the time but not when he's with the heroine. ;)



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Yes, more of those annoying love triangles need to end with the female character picking neither guy cause she needs to figure herself out first.


Though I would have a hard time rooting for a guy who is angry all the time. He'd be hard to pull off because that's a difficult character trait to get past. I don't find anger attractive. Then again, I've never really been into the "bad boy" that seems so popular. I'd go for the nerdy nice guy over some bad boy without any hesitation. lol

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Describing characters is sometimes difficult to do. You may want one who is angry all the time and one who is not. You may have the woman love the one who is angry all the time, but wished he were more like the one who is not. The plot is when you try to find out which one she picks and get a surprise ending where she doesn't pick any. LOL

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Okay... Just let me write it first. lol


Nice on your two characters. See I'm not the only one who has a character with a memory issues. While I don't care for vampires, at least yours sound interesting. ;-)

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I want to read that!

My current NaNo prep work involves trying to finish a WiP so it leaves me alone to focus on the NaNo novel...

Two of the MCs from the WiP

Gregor Vladescu -- blond hair, blue eyes, 22, muscular and trim. Quiet, calm, gentle. He comes from a family that has served as Blood Slaves in an unbroken line that stretches back in time to where history becomes myth and legend, and myth and legend have been all but forgotten. They have not had a Master to serve in generations, but have kept the lore alive, and have never stopped searching.

Kaen Yblis, Captain of the starship Sanguine. He is a vampire with a memory problem -- large portions of his memories and knowledge were lost in a duel with another vampire.
(Description from the rough draft: "Kaen Yblis was tall and strongly built, with features that bordered between rugged and delicate. Shaggy black hair framed a pale face, and his deep set eyes were a dark blue if you got close enough -- which few people ever did -- otherwise they seemed to be as black as his hair -- or his soul, some said." ) Kaen has a presence that makes people uneasy, but once past that they find that he is warm and gentle and loving. He enjoys spoiling his people, and is extremely protective of them.





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During Camp NaNo I failed miserably by getting distracted with other things to write, lol. Oh well, did some writing at least. I'm not sure how much I'll write this year for NaNo still but I'll think of something.

One last MC from my NaNo prep work.

Snow - (aka Snow White) Older teen boy in a land where normally the first daughter born is the heir to the throne as she gets the magic from the mother/Queen's side. However, Snow has no siblings and so people wonder if he will be able to take over since it seems the men don't have magic. He does but isn't aware of it yet. Tired of the gossip and watching the kingdom sink into wintery darkness, he decides to leave the castle, certain that he was never meant to become king. Out on his own he faces many dangers including a huntsman who has been charged to capture him from some unknown in another kingdom. He meets the dwarves and tries to live a peaceful life helping them but only ends up drawing danger to them and his personal servant, who disobeyed his orders to not follow him. Oh right, not about the story but the character...

He has dark hair and pale skin (basically snow white but a male version). When he was a child he was on occasion dressed up as a girl and he has flashbacks of those days sometimes. He's not overly masculine but I wouldn't call him fem either. He is secretly in love with Avery (his male personal servant). He struggles to find his place and to get the courage to live up to the role he was meant to take as King.

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I'm out for NaNo again, since I have other deadlines to deal with. Maybe I'll try camp again in June, because I got a ton load done then.



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If I wasn't doing nanowrimo I'd consider doing such, but then again I have like 70+ story ideas so I'm sure I have more then 30 characters. ;-)

But I wouldn't do such a challenge during nanowrimo. I'd rather do other crazy things like see if I can get 50k in ten days or something of that nature instead.

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Hey, have you guys heard of this? It was posted in the NaNoWriMo FB group and I was insane enough to sign up to do it:

http://www.30characters.com

It's a challenge to create 30 characters in 30 days (in November *sigh*). You can draw them if you are artistically inclined. I'm not, so people like me are welcome to create written character sketches.

I'm going to use to to create characters for a novel that's nagging me -- I'm hoping that will appease the plot bunny enough to let me get the NaNo novel done. LOL

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Solo, you take your fun and I'll take mine. :)



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Worldbuild... pfft... I don't world build. Whether it's genetic mutations, elves and dwarves, or mages and warders I just write the story. ;-)


Ah yeah well... Aeon has a memory issue so he doesn't remember Xan anymore. I need to figure out what affected his memory but it's what it keeps him from being able to pass the tests and become a mage. He does feel lost and lonely a lot since where he the other students always keep their distance. Can't be too nice to characters, the novels wouldn't turn out as interesting if they didn't have some troubles after all.

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But, Abbyyyyyy.... I can't speak for other fantasy (or science fiction) writers, but for me half the fun is creating the world!

Elfmage, I love the story of Xan and Aeon, Poor Aeon, torn away from his friend, the person who had sworn to protect him... he must have felt lost and abandoned.

I understand the problem of having trouble with a physical description though. In the Academy of the Accord series, there is one character that I just cannot seem to come up with a description of. His name is Brythel, and he's one of my favorites, but I just cannot get an actual physical image of him in my mind. I can clearly see all the others, but not Bry.



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Y'all are making me glad I write romance. *laugh* Even the one time I tried paranormal, I had it set on modern Earth. I can't do that kind of worldbuilding. Or I don't want to. Either way. :)



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Since we talked about warder characters...


Xan - He is the protector of the prince(that doesn't know he's a prince) and his name basically means warder. I never thought too much about him before because the story was only suppose to be from Aeon's pov, but then I wrote the first bit from Xan's to see what his motives were and boy was I surprised. He met Aeon when they were younger, and bonded with him. He agreed then to protect him and when the boy was taken away because it became too dangerous for him there, Xan went through with his promise and trained to become the boy's warder. He managed to be the youngest one and achieved his assignment to the prince after only a couple of years. However, he isn't supposed to let Aeon see him or anything, so in the beginning he just watches. He later saves him and that's where the trouble really begins because deep down he's in love with Aeon but can't do anything about it. He's a good fighter, strong and is able to do wild magic but can't do the magic that one needs to become a mage.

I'm not 100 percent sure on his appearance yet because Aeon was supposed to have dark hair and dark colored eyes but then my friend had to go and say Aeon reminded him of Riku (from Kingdom Hearts), so now Aeon has white hair and blue eyes. Need to figure out what the other characters look like now. Xan will probably end up with dark hair, I think.

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I spend a lot of time counting characters in a scene. LOL It's very easy to lose track of someone with a cast that large. And one book has a rescue scene that has become a logistical nightmare.

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*counts* oh yeah, guess you are right.

Sounds like a complicated series. Good luck with that. I haven't ventured much into multiple main character stories quite yet. My epic fantasy will be one but it's stalled because I'm not sure how to approach doing different point of views in a novel, at least not that many. I can do two, separating them by chapters, as a number of mine have 2 main characters, but doing more is a bit out of my writing range for now.

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"That looks like 6 to me. ;-)"

Yeah, well, that's the problem, you see. This whole thing started out as a single one off story about 2 people ( a wizard and a Warder) on a journey. (Neither of whom was in that list, by the way.) Then it, um.... sort of... well... I am now up to either 11 or 12 books in the series.

And in addition to the characters in my previous post there are... I dunno... another dozen or so? But they don't start trickling in until book 4...

(And it was 7, by the way *LOL* : Kord, Wel, Cair, Tor, Yhon, Marsden and Vinadi)

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That looks like 6 to me. ;-)

Those secondary characters can be tricky. I had one come up in the young adult novel I started during last years nanowrimo. She was just supposed to be a girl her father wanted him to consider, not to become a part of a love triangle. Alas, now he has a boy he likes and a girl he likes. Complicates things a bit, lol.


I like the idea of the pairing of magic wielder with someone else and have some of that going in a few of my ideas. The one I mentioned earlier, Aeon he is a mage and has a warder though a bit different reason than yours for sure. I mostly do ones though that focus on the magic character being owned by someone else.

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Abby, I had a character sort of like that. She was supposed to just be a minor character, not much more than a name and a job. Then she became important. Then she had a complete and total alignment change about halfway through my first ever NaNoWriMo novel -- and she's one of)the main reasons I still haven't finished the edit/rewrite of that book.

Let's see... a character... I have two many! Maybe I'll do a pair. (Or maybe the Fearsome Foursome LOL)

These folks are from a fantasy series. Part of the story is that wizards have to be accompanied by warriors when they travel. Some warriors are Natural Warders, who have a deep instinct to protect wizards. And sometimes, a Warder finds his wizard, and a stronger bond is formed.

Kordelm is a warrior, and a Natural Warder. He's shorter than average, has light brown eyes and dark brown hair held back by a leather thong. He is intense, quick, hot-headed, and has an air of restless energy about him, and he has a tendency to act before he thinks. He is extremely loyal to his friends, and the one thing that keeps him in check is that he would never do anything to bring harm to any of them. Kordelm grew up on the streets of a port city. His mother was a prostitute, and he doesn't remember ever not being on his own.

Wellhym is Kordelm's partner, best friend, and total opposite. Also a Natural Warder, he is blond haired and blue eyed, tall, with powerful build. Despite his size, there is an air of gentleness about him that draws people to him, and he has a quiet, calm, and understanding nature. Wel is very good at soothing ruffled feathers. Wellhym grew up in a small farming community, but was forced out on his own when he was 10 years old and it was discovered that he preferred men and girls held no interest for him.

Caristen is Kordelm's wizard. Taller than his Warder, he has brown hair, brown eyes, and is a serious, studious sort with a deep love for history. (Kordelm and Torlew (see below) once moved Cair's bed into the library when they were students. Caristen comes from a family of fishermen, loud, outgoing and boisterous. They are not happy that he did not return to his hometown when he became a Master wizard, mostly because they are close-knit and they see his moving away as a betrayal. They'll get over it.

Torlew, is Wellhym's wizard. He has longish blond hair (he likes it long -- he says it makes him look disreputable), bright green eyes, and a sense of fun and playfulness: if Torlew isn't up to something the others worry. Torlew has the ability to have been a very good Healer, but chose a different path for his magic. Tor's family is wealthy, but his father disowned him when he refused to return to his home town as a Master wizard and add to the family foturne.

Yhonshel: tall and slender, with blond hair and a beard, Yhon is a Tuanae, both wizard and warrior. He is gentle, soft-spoken, quiet, and fairly reclusive. He sees things a bit too clearly for the comfort of others sometimes, and he also has a tendency to forget that others are not living inside his head -- a fault that comes from spending so much time on his own. He does not know who his people are. He was raised by gypsies until he was about seven, when he witnessed the slaughter of his adopted family.

Marsden and Vinadi are the founders of the Academy that brought the others together.

Marsden is a Warder. He's short, stocky, has brown eyes and short-cropped brown hair. He has an air of command about him that is somehow reassuring and comforting. He has nearly endless patience but cannot abide a bully or harm to children. The eldest of nine siblings, he pretty much raised his younger brothers and sisters.

Vinadi is Marsden's wizard. He has light brown/blond hair, blue eyes surrounded by smile lines, and a slender build. He is the last of his family line -- the line of wizards who forged the Accord that ended the Wizard Wars and serves to safeguard wizards.

Well, almost the last. He does have a daughter, although she doesn't know it yet. But I'll save the kids for another post if there is any interest.


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You keep posting. I'll keep reading. Octave sounds like an intriguing character.

I have an important secondary character that had fooled me into thinking he was a nice guy. Turns out, he was just really charming and good at hiding how much of an ass he is. Oy.



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Yeah, i'm going to keep posting so someone better add to it or this will just become about elfmage7's characters pretty soon. And I have 70+ novel ideas, so that's a lot of characters to ramble about. ;-)

Octave - From the sci-fi novel that's like a mix of hunger games and the matrix. His name actually is o.c.t.a.v.e. because it's technically an acronym but he doesn't know that. In the world he lives in the system controls everything and in order to stem the rebellions that occur created an accepted rebellion where people who have voiced out against the system get the chance to take part in a regulated rebellion. He doesn't remember anything from his youth, anything before waking up in a hospital. So, he struggles to regain his understanding of how humans interact with each other.

Truth is he was created, instead of born. He is what they call an "other" and each team in the rebellion has at least one "other", which often leads to the teams downfall because the people can never trust each other. But with his rag tag team, and a mute little girl he saved, he hopes to beat the odds and win against the system.

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Think I will post the ones from my top 3 nanowrimo ideas over the next week just for fun.

Aeon is the main character (or one of two depending how I write the novel) for a fantasy story that I actually started writing once. It was a novel I tried to write by hand in one of those hardback journals but didn't get very far. It was also in first person but had trouble getting his voice right because he came off too much like a girl in what I wrote. Aeon isn't even his real name, just a name he decided upon because he didn't like the other one chosen for him (which isn't his real name either). I need to pick the name his parents gave him still. Why he doesn't know his real name is because he's a prince (heir to the throne to be exact) and in that world the custom is that all the king and queen's children were raised elsewhere, in secret, to keep them safe, so they don't get to know their given names till they reach an age where it is safe.

He is capable of magic, both the studied "mage" form and a type of wild magic that is deemed by most as inferior. However, he struggles with the mage work because something that caused his ability to remember things (that I have yet to figure out). The mage work requires a great deal of memorization and if he doesn't pass the test to become a full mage it would be trouble for him because the King is always a mage.

Because he can't remember a lot from the past and his often being in danger thus having to move often, he struggles to make friends. Even though he's very sad, he is strong and when provoked, he is capable in fighting (with the occasional cheating by using his wild magic). But he struggles to figure out who he is and where his life will go.

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I have a large number of characters, but here are a couple of main ones.

Noah is a favorite, not just of mine but of others because I used him for character chats and a blog. He's a mutant, the main character in Standing Ground, but he wants to be normal. He has white hair and blue eyes, isn't in great physical shape but is lean and studies physics. He is also anti-violence and protests the war that is going on during the time of the story. While his father wants him to join the Superhuman Society, like most of the family, he refuses to join. He spends his time taking care of his best friend who has a mutation that requires him to spend much of his time sleeping.

Sage is a young adult character in Lighting the Wall. He is one of two main characters. About 17, he has brown curly hair and bright green eyes. His ability to light the wall is one he keeps a secret because of the struggles he endured when his family (adopted family) lived in a city before they escaped. He has a hard time fitting in and making friends, and his only real desire is to have a place for him and his family to call home.

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Interesting, Nomorestalling. I'm not sure which is easier, writing ourselves or writing others. Me, I can't write about myself. Just don't like doing it. lol

Solo - Nice. I almost always start with characters and just go with what story comes from them. Getting some to talk to each other can make for interesting situations. I do like dialogue, hehe. As for which character, tell us about any one you want. *winks*

I will answer with a few of my characters later. I just got done writing a sci-fi story about a soldier who was injured and now has to watch over a scientist who is trying to transport atoms. Time for bed.

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I tend to be very character-driven. I usually create them first (sometimes the setting, but usually the characters) then poke and prod at them until a plot emerges from the stories of their lives. And if that doesn't work I let them wander around until they stumble across one. (I have found that letting characters simply talk to each other can generate a plot too.)

As for what they're like... that's kind of a wide-ranging question, or at least a wide-ranging answer! In the novel that I'm working on getting ready to e-publish, they range from outgoing and friendly (Pashevel, who never met a stranger) to shy and uncertain (Kashrya, who never had a friend) to aloof and hard to get to know (Marlia, the ice maiden) to suspicious and... well... emo (Dakkas, my emo Drow... *sigh*)

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Well my characters are easy because they are myself and Walter At least the main characters LOL

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Tell us about your novel characters. What are they like? Do you come up with them first and the plot later or do you find a character to fit the plot you created?

We're all different so let's hear about how we all write our characters. :-)

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