Musings

I wish I was an Artist…

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paintbrush imageAs I’m finding inspiration pictures for each my characters I’m thinking it would be really great to be a skilled artist.  Then, I could find an inspiration picture and redraw it, changing the parts I don’t like or that don’t fit the character.  Or I could  start from scratch, and draw them how I envision them in my head.

I’m so jealous of Burdge-Bug.  She draws the cutest fan-art for her favorite books.  If I could draw like her, I would include my drawn pictures of my characters in the back of my novel (even though it’s not published yet).

 

But, I’m far from an artist, so I guess I’ll have to be content with modeling my characters after actors and actresses or random people I find on Pinterest.

What are your favorite ways to find inspiration pictures for your characters?

Flitting Around

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I’m in the developing characters stage in my current work in progress.  This time, I decided to only work on one character sketch at a time.  I chose this because I’ve found that if I try to work on all of them at once, I flit from character to character, ending up with many half-way developed characters, instead of one solid character.

Every day for about a week now, I’ve worked on building my protagonist for about 1- 1 1/2 hours.  Now, I only have three more questions to answer until I can move on to the love interest!  I think this will save time in the long run and create better formed characters. Sometimes, I’d want to move on to another character, but I’d force myself to think about my protagonist instead.  I find the enegram types and the four temperaments can help me create believable strengths and weaknesses in my characters, especially if my character is opposite from me, like my current choleric/sanguine hero.  Sticking to only one character also helped me focus and discipline myself, two skills that are writers need.

What are your favorite ways to develop characters?

My Box

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I am my own antagonist.  I am trapped inside a box that I made myself.  My box is made of idealism, perfectionism, lack of confidence, pride, and lack of experience.   Though the box is open I stay inside.

Being in this box is painful and scary. Nothing I write can pass my own standards.  This is very frustrating because I want so badly to be an author and a writer.

Will I let myself out of my box?  Am I able to let myself out of this box?

 

Are you trapped in your own box?

Undisciplined Hearts

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I wrote this originally for my clamorousmind website, but I think it’s relevant for this blog too.  Enjoy:-)

Dora.  She was painfully unprepared for life.  She grew up in a wealthy family.  Her mom died when she was young, and after this, her dad pampered her. She did not have any responsibility and was allowed to do whatever she wanted.

Then, this girl grows up.  She’s frivolous and lazy.  She shuns correction.

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David.  He faced rejection and loss from a very young age.   His father died before he was born, and after this, his mother remarried a charming, but evil man.  This man estranged David from his mother.  The stress of this broke David’s mother’s heart, and caused her early death.

Then, this boy grows up.  He’s broken.  He craves acceptance.  He desperately needs love.

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These two people meet.

He becomes infatuated with her.  She likes the attention.

He wants to work hard for her.  She likes to play.

He’s serious about marriage.  She thinks it’s a game.

He sees the warning signs, but ignores them.  She doesn’t think there is a problem.

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 They marry…

But, what happens after this?

 Tension.  He feels like she’s constantly letting him down.  She thinks that he doesn’t love her anymore.

 Resentment.  He is frustrated that she doesn’t listen to him.  She feels unaccepted, but doesn’t want to change her ways.

 Disorder.  He wishes for her to manage their home.  She’s not willing to do the work.

David and Dora are both characters from David Copperfield.  It’s a very long book, with some boring, hard-to-get-through parts mixed in with fascinating scenarios, like this one.

 

Over time, they both come to see their errors.

David says of himself:   “For I knew, now, that my own heart was undisciplined when it first loved Dora.

Dora says of herself:     “I am afraid, dear, I was too young. I don’t mean in years only, but in experience, and thoughts, and everything….. I have begun to think I was not fit to be a wife.

In your opinion, who are you more like, David or Dora?  Or are you a bit of both? 

I’m probably more like David, except, I have a good life.   It’s easy for me to get very excited about something, and ignore warning signs and then make a rash decision.

Writer’s Ups and Downs

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Writing is like riding a bike in a hilly area.  Writing can make you ecstatic when the you have perfect inspiration and the words flow beautifully. This is a wonderful feeling, like going downhill on your bike.  It’s easy, the wind is in your hair, and you just feel great.  But sometimes, writers experience a time of no inspiration and the words just won’t flow no matter how hard you try.   This is difficult and discouraging, like going uphill on your bike.  It’s very hard work and the fun is gone.  However, when you push through, you may end up with a beautiful piece of writing, but even if you don’t, you usually learn something.  I’m having one of those hard writer times right now, but I’m confident that being a writer is worth it, so I’m going to persevere through the hard spots.

What do you think is the hardest part of writing?