Characters. My favorite part of the story.
I love creating them, I love watching them come to life.
My main character comes first, they speak to me, tell me what they like, what they dislike.
We talk. I listen. We argue. I win. They stop talking. A vicious cycle that eventually works itself out.
Then I write. Let it sit. Outline. Begin Collages (sometimes before I write a story, but rarely)
Here is what before looks like.
I grab my trust accesories box. Pens, paperclips, post-it's, glue sticks, rulers, everything I'd need for the perfect collage.
Here is a side view of both boxes. My trust accessories box and my magazine and paper box. Beautiful is it not?
Just a peek inside. Glamour always has amazig stuff. But I have tons of magazines, anything I can get my hands on I tuck away, I even have a western magazine (no.I.did.not.pay.for.it.) it has been useful!
You can see my jeans (right hand corner) this is me at work, carefully planning everything, making sure I have the perfect colors, pictures, and all to make the best character collage for my peeps!
I love everyone I make. Every piece is thought out. Colors, designs, names, models, all represent something in my story. It may not mean anything to you, even after reading the story, but it's there, hidden beneath the written words.
My Traveler's Collages - I will warn you, I'll share just a little about each character, however not a whole lot. I am in revisions so there is still a lot of unknowns and a lot of secrets I'd like to keep.
My main character. Lauren. 16 years old.
Mel, Lauren's best friend in the real world.
Tully, the first person Lauren meets for the Travelers.
Blake, an arrogant guy in the Traveler's house that thinks he is Lauren's perfect match.
Brianna, Lauren's roommate at the Traveler's house.
Cameron, her friend in the real world. The only one to see her for who she really is.
All of these characters are in order of how they were introduced in the book I wrote. I hope you enjoyed.
What's your favorite part of the writing process? Do you make character collages?