It’s been a while since I’ve played with a new set of characters. I’ve been writing series for so long. Just bouncing from one longish series to the next. And I love all those characters, but I’m ready to discover new ones.
One of the first things I always do when creating a new character is find a visual reference. I’m not brilliant an creating an image in my mind. Some people are visual, I am not.
I know it when I see it.
But I have to see it.
So usually, I start by scanning Pinterest or maybe I’ve already seen someone on a TV show or movie or even an AD that has a vibe.
And that’s usually where the character begins to develop.
Nine times out of ten. My characters come face first. Name second. Motts is one of the rare examples of a character whose name came to me first.
I always knew she was going to be Pineapple Mottley.
But aside from Motts, it’s usually face then name.
Once I’ve figured out the face of the character, I begin building out who they are. Their interests. Their personality. I have a list of questions that fill out with a whole host of details about them from what movies they watch to what their favourite curse words are.
The goal for me is to be able to start the first chapter of my WIP fairly confident in who the character is.
So, I have a cork-board or bulletin board, or whatever you want to call it, above my desk. I use it for inspiration and a visual board for whatever book I’m working on. I thought I’d share what’s on the current one.
The top half is almost entirely book inspiration. Character and place references, etc.
My fave Hamilton sticker on the bottom left.
A couple postcards and a card with encouraging notes from friends. Sometimes I need a little lift of my spirits.
Favourite writing quotes that are always on the board.
You can’t see him, but I have a little plague doctor keychain that dangles at the bottom of the board.
The ones I’ve been using are technically ‘study with me’ videos. But they work great for writing as well. I’ve also been trying to make sure I get up and stretch during the break time. I’m terrible at sitting for long periods without moving around.
I watch a lot of Youtube. I’ve shared a number of posts with favourite channels of all sorts. I thought I’d share a few specific ASMR videos that I use to help me relax in the evenings if I’m particular stressed or dealing with anxiety.
The first is from TingTing, who is one of my favourite ASMR channels. I’m subscribed to her channel. This is one of my fave videos of hers.
WhispersRed is another favourite of mine. Of all her videos, I think this is the one I watch the most.
The third channel I watch frequently is Gentle Whispering ASMR. I love her cooking videos especially. This one from autumn this year is a new favourite. I’ve watched it quite a few times already.