I’ve been writing a lot lately about my own life. Getting back into dating (even if only casually) gives me more inspiration for the romance novel I’m currently working on. It’s been a while since I’ve really done any work on it, and I think it’s time that I really sit down and think about the plot. I have several ideas about what I want to happen, but the place I was in when I started working on this is very different than I’m feeling now. And my personal experiences always influence what happens in what I’m writing.
Instead of making this WIP reality thinly-veiled as fiction, though, I’d like to think about my characters and what they would really want, need, and do. Sure, I agree that there’s a little bit of the author in every character that s/he writes, regardless of who that author is. So even my antagonists will have little pieces of me in them. However, I really want my plot to be driven by who these particular characters are, so in order to work out that plot, I really need to know who my characters are, what they want, and how they would react in given situations.
Today, I’m going to start with Adrina Ditzler, the heroine of my story (which is lovingly saved as “fucking story bro” until I have a more appropriate title). Continue reading