My friend Karen suggested I check out the book Plot versus Character by Jeff Gerke. It came the other day, and I started reading it last night. So far, I have to say I am really impressed. Although I would never have believed it, I am apparently one of those writers who can naturally write plot but not characters.
I have just identified the personality types of my five major characters. It was really an interesting process. I don’t think there were any real revelations for me there, although I was surprised by one of the choices I made. Next comes determining “physical and natural abilities”. While their physical selves are pretty well established, I want to see what he has to say about natural abilities. And that is only the beginning.
Once I figure out all this, I will run it by my son to make sure it works for him, too. Then comes the hard work of revising the book based on what we have decided. I still really believe that with 10 hours of work a week, the book can be ready before the end of the year. But we’ll see.
At any rate, we are making progress. Thanks again, Karen!