It’s not just my characters. I’m beginning to feel under pressure now that October has arrived. And along with October, the fresh new forums and a plethora of goodies on nanowrimo.org. It’s really about to happen and it’s time to dig into my characters and see what makes them run.
Since I’m still hacking away at revising the last part of Boundaries, I’m approaching characters from two different perspectives. For Boundaries, the questions are about how Cor and Alcot’s personalities and past experiences got them to this point in their lives and how they’re going to resolve the tensions and conflicts. For Escape from Freedom (or maybe The Warden), the questions are about who these people are, and how their own experiences and inner conflicts will shape the coming story.
The characters in Boundaries were under a different kind of pressure than those in Freedom will be. Boundaries is entirely from the point of view of one character, and what we know about the other significant character, and the minor ones, depends on what he sees and how he interprets it. Freedom has a much larger cast, and won’t be limited to the viewpoint of just one. That will make it much easier for readers, but harder for me. Boundaries is tightly focused, and Freedom has the potential to be too scattered and diffuse.
A side note — Bloggers sometimes question the value of blogging when they should be “writing.” Yes, it’s easy to let blogging drain away the impetus to work on something that’s quite a bit more difficult. But I often find that what I’m learning about my fiction writing comes to me as I’m posting about it. As just happened with this post.