I start out with an idea and a vague idea of a character. In my recent venture, a man from outer space sent to learn about earth, ends up in a nearby prison. He was supposed to subsume the body of a man in a suburb of Vancouver. Instead, he subsumes the body of inmate Tuko.
My idea was to expose the prison system to some humor.
As I turned in chapter after chapter to my writing group, the questions came. What about the man’s family? What does he look like? What is his reaction when a prison tough beats him up? And more. The award-winning question was: “What’s his inner problem?”
And the questions were not just about my space-man, but also about Tuko.
My method of learning as I go, involves a lot of re-writes. What if I had sat down beforehand and answered a list of questions about my character?
What do you do? How do you create a character?
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