Packing Heat 009: Creating Characters
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Last Week's Assignment
Last week I asked you to take a scene that wasn't working and re-do it three different ways. I tried this for a sex scene that I'm working on and I talk about the various considerations I had in mind.
A good character affects me so deeply that I often forget myself and start thinking that they're real people. I love that! How can you create characters with that kind of resonance?
Consider what the kernel of your story is about. If it's plotty, your characters would spark from the plot needs. If you have a character idea, create other characters to contrast with him or her. If you have an idea for an unusual sex act, think about what types of people would be into it. (And maybe it's fun if they need some convincing!)
Melanie Anne Phillips has written a fascinating article about creating a character from scratch by giving them a nickname:
You could also write some throwaway scenes that are like preliminary sketches where you get to know your character's voice and backstory.
A Grain of Salt
All writing advice is not created equal. Do you write for the same market as the writer who's giving the advice? Does the advice resonate with you? If not, toss it out the window!
Must every male character in erotica have a twelve-inch schlong? Does the story always have to have a happy ending? Is a cock by any other name still as hard? Listen and find out!
Use one of the character building techniques to create a totally new character, or to add some dimension to an existing character who feels a little flat.