Christine Rains is gracious enough to hijack Wistful Nebulae today, while I revision… Take it away, Christine!
I hear voices all the time. No, I’m not insane. I’m a writer. And I’m sure if you’re a writer, you do too. Sometimes it’s hard to discern one from another. There are those that push to the front and demand attention. Yet every now and then, there are characters that don’t speak at all and sulk in a corner when you fail to understand them.
It’s our job as writers to entice those quiet characters out and discover what they sound like. Not an easy task, especially if they’re particularly stubborn. Writing a series, I have to draw out six distinct characters to narrate my books. When they become difficult, it’s helpful to try a few exercises to discover their voices.
Write the characters happy, angry, sad, and afraid. Go through a range of emotions. How would they react? How do they cope? Are they overly dramatic or emotionally closed?
Write a scene in third and first person. It does make a difference. First person allows you to get more into the character’s head. Inner dialogue adds a lot of voice. Third person gives you more action. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.
Memories are key to how a character acts. Write five key memories. It doesn’t matter if they’re good or bad, but both kinds make up the sort of individuals we are.
Have your character tell a joke. I might get glared at by a few of my characters for that suggestion, but you can tell a lot about someone by the way they deliver a joke.
Sit down and have coffee with your characters. What is an average day like for them? What sort of topics do they focus on? Do they laugh often? And what do they have with their coffee?
Along with your character profiles, these exercises should help you with anyone being stubborn. If not, threaten to feed them to a monster in a pit that you just wrote into the story. Then they’ll talk. Don’t worry.
1302 – The Alpha by Christine Rains
Genre: paranormal romance
One run in the woods wouldn’t matter, or so thinks werewolf Stefanie Porter. Being cooped up in her apartment for months must have messed up her instincts, because her former pack almost catches her until a mysterious lone wolf jumps in to help Stefanie escape.
The cruel Alpha Wyatt not only stole her pack but refuses to give Stefanie her freedom. She can’t hide in her apartment any longer or it will drive her crazy. She puts her trust in the lone wolf who can teach her some of his unusual urban survival tricks. James Roberts might be a bit geeky, but he’s smart and looks hot when the argyle sweater comes off. His ridiculous ambition to become a superhero might be admirable if Wyatt couldn’t rip him limb from limb.
With the pack scouring the city for her, Stefanie must convince James to teach her and control her own Alpha nature, or fight not only for her life, but his as well.
More About Christine Rains
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has three novellas and sixteen short stories published.