First off, I want to thank you all for sharing your stories and being so supportive of my September 11th experience. I almost didn't post it, but many bloggers encouraged me to tell my story. So, thank you all, so very much.
Second, I've got the grippe. Or whatever. I'm phlegmy and headachey and I feel like someone put my sinuses into a can of leftover Fresca and smashed it to smithereens, then force-fed me sandpaper. Yes, that's me.
So if I'm horrible about visiting your blogs, please forgive me. My Nyquil-infused body thanks you.
This month's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog question comes from Sarah Fine. She asks,
"How do you develop your characters? Do you flesh out the details before (like writing as that character, writing backstory, or filling out a questionnaire about their preferences and history) or invent as you go?"
I have previously blogged about using character sheets, which I find pretty helpful. I like the idea of getting to know my characters before I write. What does they like to wear? What are their quirks? Strengths and weaknesses?
But lately, I've noticed that even if I fill out a sheet and *think* I know her well, I usually have to go back and do some major character refurbishing anyway.
The truth is, no matter how detailed an outline I have, scenes and plotlines often must be deconstructed and reconstructed, and the characters aren't immune to change either.
So the answer to Sarah's question? I do both.
Also, for the minor characters, I usually invent their characteristics as I write. :) Because I'm a little bit outliner, a little bit "pants-and-roll."
Last week, Laura answered the question and next week, we get to hear Sarah tackle it, then Deb.
How about you? How to you create your characters?
*achoo!* Ah, gross. Didn't grab that tissue in time. Sorry guys.