It’s the little things that matter.
People sometimes ask how I develop characters in my stories. The process is a bit like playing with the cut out dress up dolls I remember from when I was small. You start with a blank form and slowly, bit by bit you dress it with not just physical features but with personality too. My characters in A Gentleman’s Folly were built this way.
One of the things I tell my critique partners when something they send me reads so well I can see it, is that the feature or behaviour is well observed and that’s what it’s all about. Developing a character is a process by where those little things help create the whole and breathe life into the individual. Here are two examples I’m working on in my latest work in progress, the girl who is claustrophobic but won’t tell anyone, the man who is constantly twiddling with the signet ring left to him by his father. Tiny little details added to give an element of realism to the individuals involved in the story.
I’ve used this process with all my characters to some degree or other and always find it helps me visualize them and add to the description of them.
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