Have you ever had coffee with your characters? No? Well it is time to start. Your characters are like normal people in most aspects, they have a thousand secrets and often don’t open up those dark secrets even to you. So what do you do when you don’t know your own character? Do you try to pick them apart or do you try to put them into more relaxing situations in order to let them open up naturally? The challenge today is to find something new out about your muse, something that you haven’t crafted within their hearts yet. Why? Because as people, we are discovering new things about ourselves everyday, our likes and dislikes change as do our dreams. Here are some ideas in order to get you started:
- Has your character ever ventured into the kitchen to cook themselves a meal? How did it turn out? Were there people over or was it a private affair? Was it good, bad or will your character never speak of it again? Was it a romantic event that went wrong or right? If your character never has to cook, why is that and have they watched those who cook for them, well, cook? What is their relationship with those cooks?
- Defeat is never an option, not for a hero and not for a villain, but sometimes, you have to lose one battle in order to win another. How does your character feel about losing? Do they plan it carefully or do they bitterly accept it? Is defeat really defeat for them or a learning opportunity?
- Everyone has a best friend, or at least that is what people like to believe. Does your character have a best friend? Do they have any secrets? Inside jokes? Would your character kill for them? Protect them? How loyal is your character to this friend and why?
Remember to breathe and develop those characters!