I’ve been working on my characters, as part of the online workshop I am doing under Leigh Michaels’s tutelage. I’m enjoying the workshop a great deal, and am so glad I decided to do it. It’s so refreshing to actually work with people and chat with them about a common interest (other than kids!).
I am going to have to revise my goals. With the workshop, there is no way I will be able to keep up with the goals I set in my original goal post (before I knew about the workshop). That’s OK, though, I think I can shift things a few weeks and still be “safe.” My main goal is to finish my manuscript before October. That should be easy. There was a contest with a July deadline I was hoping to catch, but that might not happen. It’s too early to tell. I can still try, though. I will just need to cut out the in-between editing weeks, which I thought were rather superfluous, but provided a bit of a cushion. But the workshop is going to be my main focus for a while. I want to get everything I can from it.
For those of you who would like to see the characterization worksheet I am working on (a blank one, not mine ;)), here is a link to it. I’m finding it useful. I like how answering all these questions makes you think of things that you may not have before, and how suddenly your character can pop to life. Especially in romance, a lot of your plot can be derived from your characters, in examining who they are and how they change. I would encourage you not to skip this step. It might seem like a waste of time if you think you have your character in your head, but I promise you, if you really put your all into doing the character sketch, you will learn a lot about your character you didn’t before. All these little tidbits of info add up to make a character who is emotionally true, and who has motivations to do the things s/he does.