Sometimes, when you’re writing . . . especially when it’s a novel . . . you need to stop and listen. To whom? Your characters! I was stuck the other night. Couldn’t figure what to do for the next scene, (I’m on page 127), when I stopped to think about one of the characters. Who would he talk to? Who did he care about? What would he be thinking about? And bam, it was crystal clear. It really isn’t that hard. If you’re having trouble with one of your characters, just stop and try to figure out who they resemble in your real life. Then imagine a day in that person’s life. Where would they go? Who are their friends? What kind of trouble would they get into — or help someone else out of? If you do that . . . you’ll have a “bam” moment too! Wondering about my characters? Go to http://www.annrichduncan.com. You’ll find The SEED, my novel of suspense, and the first three Johnny Vic historical adventures.
A “bam” moment: Characters lead the way