Character Development (Part 7)

Hello, darlings! ^_^

It’s the final part, folks! 😉 Thanks for hanging in there.

So, why should your character have secrets?

Character Development (Part 7)Because, if they don’t, there’s nothing to keep the reader reading. Secrets add suspense. Suspense keeps the readers wanting more.

As the story goes on, the questions rack up. Why is so-and-so doing that? Are they telling the truth? Why did they lie? You slowly give out the answers, bit by bit. Things start to fall in place and make sense.

Essentially, secrets add an element of suspense, intrigue, and mystery to your novel.

Now, not all secrets are something people hide from other people. They can simply be the reason behind why a certain character acts the way they do.

But what secrets could you incorporate into your novel? Let’s take a look at some examples other writers have used. 🙂

The following may include spoilers!

1) The Hunger Games by Susan Collins

  • Katniss is angry with her mother. Why? Because, when her father died, she shut her children out. This also explains why Katniss is so focused on being the provider. Why she is a fighter. It also explains why she’s so good with the bow and arrow and thinks strategically.

2) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  • Mysterious things happen around Mr. Rochester’s house. A man is found with severe wounds on his body in the middle of the night. A fire starts in Mr. Rochester’s room. Why? Because he had been married previously. This poses several problems to the plot line of the story.

3) Dracula by Brahm Stoker

I only started this, but never finished it.

  • A man goes to stay at Count Dracula’s house. The Count is a strange man and there is no reflection when he looks in the mirror. Why? Because he’s a vampire.

4) The Secret of Moonacre (film based on The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge)

  • Maria Merryweather’s father held a secret. A secret Maria didn’t discover until he died and she was sent to live with her uncle, who appears to be a pretty strange man. Her father was broke, but left her a book that contained the secret to saving Moonacre. It keeps the viewers wondering what the secret was and how would Maria save the place.

I hope those examples help to illustrate somewhat the idea I’m trying to convey…

If not, or if you’d like to do some more reading on this topic, click here. 🙂

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Now, I’ll be gone for the next two weeks (possibly with no internet access *shrieks are heard in the background, lightening cracks behind an abandoned castle on a dark night, and a lone wolf howls in the distance*). You’ll be in my prayers and I hope I’m in yours. This may be quite difficult for me as I’ve never been away from home that long without family.

God bless!

Rana

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“Tick Tock”

Tick Tock Nursery Rhyme from Doctor Who

Tick Tock goes the clock
 And what now shall we see?
 Tick Tock goes the clock
 Now Thou shalt marry me
 
 Tick Tock goes the clock
 And what now shall we play?
 Tick Tock goes the clock 
 Now summer's gone away
 
 Tick Tock goes the clock 
 And all those years they fly
 Tick Tock goes the clock 
 Your love shall surely die
 
 Tick Tock goes the clock
 We laughed at Fate and mourned her
 Tick Tock goes the clock 
 Even for the Doctor
 
 Tick Tock goes the clock
 He cradled and he rocked her
 Tick Tock goes the clock
 Till River SAVES the Doctor.

Tick tock goes the clock, 
He thanked river for the saving Tick tock goes the clock, 
Now prison doesn't wait for River

Tick tock goes the clock 
Tick tock goes the clock 
Tick tock goes the clock Doctor, brave and good, he turned away from violence 
When he understood the falling of the silence.

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Just a short random post. Disregard as you fancy.


Yesterday, I was watching the seconds tick by on the T.V. screen (Roku’s screen saver is the time), I realized that those weren’t just numbers on a screen. It was my life ticking away and I wondered how many of those seconds I’d wasted.

In such a distracted world, it’s easy to let the seconds tick by. Don’t let that happen to you, love.

How much time have you wasted? How do you spend your time? Selfishly? Selflessly?

Sometimes we need to be reminded that’s we’re not immortal and we’re not invincible. We should live to the best of our abilities and have fun on the way but fun isn’t the reason for life. We should live to know, love, and serve God. It’s in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, although I’m sure any Christian would agree with me. 😉

And even if you’re not Christian, I’m sure you’d agree that one should live in the best way they know how. And that’s what I encourage you to do. ^_^

God bless!

Rana

P.S.

Please be praying for me. 🙂

Character Development (Part 6)

Sorry for the radio silence, darlings. I’ve been busy finishing up Spanish 1 (which I should be done this week!) and editing The Reset and dealing with life. I hope things have been going well for you. ❤

Character Development (Part 6)Today’s next to last part in the Character Development concerns uniqueness.

It is so important for each and every one of your characters to have a voice of their own. No two of your friends are exactly the same and neither should any of your characters be the same.

Last time, we discussed how you might want to consider discovering your characters’ personality types. The reason behind that was so you can bring them to life — know their quirks. But you’ll notice how, though two people might have the same personality types, they’re still very different.

For instance, I’m an introvert but I’m very friendly. I have no problem going up to a stranger and talking to them depending on the situation, etc. Now another introvert might have anxiety attacks over that sort of thing.

We’re all unique. Your characters should be too. Give them all different quirks. Give them different motives toward the same goal.

If two of your characters play the same role or sound similar, cut one. If you don’t, your readers might begin to get confused. I believe it was K.M. Weiland of Helping Writers Become Authors who said that if you don’t distinguish them, they’ll compete for the reader’s affection. It’s possible that, if they’re not written well, they could even cause the reader to not care.

You need the reader to care in order to keep reading. Every character needs to serve a purpose.

In The Lord of the Rings, every member of the Fellowship serves a different purpose and each is unique. There’s one elf, one dwarf, one wizard, two humans, and four hobbits. The two humans: Aragorn and Boromir are distinguished by the roles they play and their personalities. The four hobbits are distinguished by their voices and roles. The only two that get confusing are Merry and Pippin because they seem to have the same interests and mannerisms.

So just be aware of that and try to distinguish your characters for a lovable and memorable story. Often times, the characters make the book worth reading. 😉

I hope this helps, beautiful. 🙂

God bless!

Rana