Monday, October 17, 2011

Main Character Relationships

For the last two weeks I have suffered from this analogy called Stacey’s block. I was getting in my own way of writing. But now, that I have conquered Stacey’s block I am surging forward to bigger and brighter things such as a complete rewrite of Age of Eden—again, for the fiftieth time. But that’s okay, that’s not what my topic is about today.

During this tragic rewrite I have realized how beneficial using first person point of view is. I am literally inside of my main characters head and speaking through her as fast as my fingers will type.

As some of you know, Tina is writing on two different novels. One is an adult Nicholas Sparks type of genre and the other is a YA paranormal genre. And as Tina eagerly typed out the first five pages of her SNN (slutty new novel—see the YA muse Blog for further reference) Jennifer and I ended up diving into a writing session about how Tina needs to sit down and have a chat with her MC. We told her to make a list of questions about your MC’s past, passions, hobbies, etc and find out what she is like. Tina learned a lot about her MC.

And slowly as I hobble back down this long and dreadful subjective road, I have found myself more content and happy with my MC than ever. So, what I’m really trying to say is, I have multiple personalities and one of them happens to be the MC for Age of Eden, lol.

I hope everyone has a great week—write on and stay tuned for some great writer inklings, author reviews and book bios from Jennifer and Tina.


Rain Laaman said...

It's great to be so connected to your main character. When I was younger I didn't really struggle with that at all. I just picked someone in my mind and took off. Sometimes it's harder to make a connection now...but it really is crucial to a successful story!

Stacey Hays said...

Thanks Rain. We have been working on this book for over a year and it finally hit us, that we should rewrite it into first person instead of third. And since the moment we decided, I have linked to my character so well, it's scary.

Once we finish the edits, I would love for some beta reader feedback if you are interested.