Character Studies

I’m finally ready to start my new novel. In the past I’ve outlined the plot and let the characters and geography follow. But after reading “Write Away: One’s Writer’s Approach to the Novel” by Elizabeth George (Harper Collins eBooks, 2009), I’ve decided to try a new approach. I’m going to follow her advice and create a complete outline for the main character first:

“That’s where I want to begin, then…with character. Not with idea? … We will get to that. But if you don’t understand that story is character and not just idea, you will not be able to breathe life into even the most intriguing flash of inspiration.”
-Write Away: One’s Writer’s Approach to the Novel, Elizabeth George (Harper Collins eBooks, 2009, pg. 4).

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I had always thought that plot should lead and that I could choose character traits that would support the plot events I wanted to include. It feels a bit overwhelming to change my usual methods so much but I need to change up what I’ve done in the past and George presents such a convincing argument that I’m determined to try:

“An event alone cannot hold a story together. Nor can a series of events. Only characters effecting events and events affecting characters can do that.”
-Write Away: One’s Writer’s Approach to the Novel, Elizabeth George (Harper Collins eBooks, 2009, pg. 4).

She provides a template for a character sketch at the end of the book that I’ve transcribed to my Scrivener file.

Hopefully this will lead to a richer story and a better book!

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