Thursday, September 15, 2011

Understanding your Character

One of the challenges I found when creating a story was how to get inside a characters head. It's more than just the visual of what they look like and attitude - but it's details that will never, ever make it into your story. It's fabricating who they are, where they came from, what events occurred in their life to make them who they are. I had no intention of dreaming someone up, nor mirroring anyone I know. There are a lot of details that did make it into the book about some, and others not so much. But everyone has a reason for who they are, why they are, and that helped me most of all in getting inside their head because sometimes I don't understand them. This helped tremendously for the ones I didn't easily relate to. Even with that said, they still do things that make me raise an eyebrow.

Strangely enough, it also was a factor in where the series is headed. Because I now know my characters in more personal detail than even the reader, it developed the storyline in ways that I didn't expect and ultimately the direction of each path.

Well, as far as sales, pretty good! Considering I've had zero exposure to the world with any reviews on book review sites or otherwise, I'm still surprised when I check each day and see that I've sold copies. Yesterday was a crap day however, and I didn't sell a single book. But exactly who do I think I am, Stephen King? lol My only hope is that those who do read the book and enjoy it help spread the love by word of mouth or social networking, twitter, goodreads, whatever. Indie authors have a rough go because we lack the marketing that authors get who go through traditional publishers. But, it is what it is. I wrote a story, created a world of characters and decided to share them.

The great thing is with book 1 behind me, now I have time to READ! Sometimes at night I could hear the whispers coming from my TBR (To be read) bookshelf - they were all completely disgusted with me--neglected. Now we're becoming BFF's once again.

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