Published on Jul 1, 2019

I'm (planning) on writing a series of short, character bios. Not because I have a longer novel in mind, but because it has been decades since I have tried writing fiction, and it seemed good practice.

I was surprised how my first character took upon a life of his own. No character can exist in a vacuum - there has to be a reason for him to exist. After fleshing out parts of his personality, traits, and motivations, I started to form another character, his complement, the narrator, who wrote himself in the process as part of the sketch.

The hardest part, for me, in creating a character was avoiding tropes while keeping the character compelling. I circled through a few different permutations in my head before settling on one that wasn't either a 1:1 biography of a person in my life or homage to another novel.

I've held a lifelong fascination with the creative process for novels. How do a series of rough storyboards and sketches become assembled into a wrinkle-less final product? How do characters - storylines - motivations - change over time? How do authors view their finished work, in light of their original idea?

Can't wait to see who emerges this week!