The other night, I wrote about how I’ve been having a block on one of my characters. I started a timed writing session earlier today in Scrivener trying to write a scene with her and my MC (main character) together except that I couldn’t. So it was time to try another tact.
Out came the sketch book and the crayola markers and out came my daily writing notebook and another notepad that I decided I would use for character sketches.
Now I’ve already said that I’ve done some character sketches before – in Scrivener and in my notebook – but I decided I needed to do something more, so I started an indexed notebook of all my characters. It’s a little more physical than Scrivener but you can bet I’ll be inputting everything into there sooner or later so it’s all in one place and accessible.
Well between my sketchbook, my notebook, and my new character book, I’ve started to see through the block I had on my character. It’s possible, just possible, that she’s not alive in this book – that she died before the story began. Which could explain why I’m having such a hard time writing her. But I’m not sure yet so I need to continue mapping everyone out and start rewriting some scenes without this character in them.
It’s fascinating that sometimes you just don’t know what’s going on with your characters. It’s like they’re truly living (or not, in the case of this character) and you just have to figure out what they’re doing and why. Without pulling your hair out. Which would be a shame since my current hair dye is still mostly intact.
Alright good luck in your writing endeavors today, and good night!